2014 Brain Awareness Video Winners

Last week, the Society for Neuroscience announced the winners of the 2014 Brain Awareness Video Contest. Leigha Phillips, with Helen Tang and Lily Benedict, snagged first place for their video on vision and illusion (a topic we’ll be exploring with AAAS in a public event on October 28 in DC—stay tuned!). Second and third place winners addressed brain lesions and brainbows (brain mapping with colors), respectively.

This year’s contest even included a “Best Song” category, awarded to Michael Stendardi, student at the City University of New York, for “Neuroscience Minds.” He crams a lot into one song and delivers some pretty great lines, such as “When my lateral hypothalamus fully disarms, my insula is crazy to hold you in my arms.” (If neuroscience music is your thing, be sure to check out the more classic rock-inspired group, The Amygdaloids, fronted by Dana Alliance member Joe LeDoux of New York University.)

And though this year’s winners have already been selected, you still have a chance to champion your favorite video in the People’s Choice Award. Starting tomorrow (September 9) through September 30, place your vote here. The winner will receive a $500 cash prize.

If you’d like to get even more involved, consider entering your own educational video about the brain for the 2015 contest. Information from Brainfacts.org:

Anyone can enter! Work with a member of the Society for Neuroscience near you to produce an educational video about the brain and it could appear on this page. Whether it’s an animation, song, or skit, share the wonders of science through the Brain Awareness Video Contest.


  • First place: $1,000 plus travel, two-nights lodging, and registration to Neuroscience 2015 in Chicago, Ill.
  • Second place: $500
  • Third place: $250
  • People’s Choice: $500

–Ann Whitman

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