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BrainBee Nationals winner: 'I read like crazy the week before the competition! "

The preliminary round of the 2018 Brain Bee competition will be held on January 1, 2018, giving students less than a week to prepare, so I'm not sure how well you're preparing. In the sprint, let's hear from some of the best from the past!

Brain Bee is an international academic competition on neuroscience (neuroscience), the competition aims to encourage students' interest in studying the human brain and to pursue future work related to improving human health and living standards, for students interested in biology, medicine, psychology, chemistry, artificial intelligence and other majors. Over the past 20 years, Brain Bee has been enthusiastically received by students from all countries and now has nearly 150 chapters in more than 30 countries, and the best students who have emerged from the competition have been sought after by top universities around the world.

Beijing Competition Time and Notes

Exam Time: Monday, January 1, 2018, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Venue: Experimental Middle School Attached to Beijing Normal University (East Gate International Section), No. 14 Erlong Road, Xicheng District, Beijing


1、Candidates are required to register with9 point (in space or time)30 Arrive at the exam room before

2. Candidates need to bring their ID cards (candidates without ID cards can bring their family register or passport)

3. Candidates need to bring their own blue or black ball point pen or water pen for the examination

Guest Sharing

guest (on a show): Zhang

She graduated from Experimental Middle School affiliated to Beijing Normal University, won the first prize in the 2014 National Brain Bee Brain Neuroscience Competition, and represented China in the Brain Bee International Competition held in Washington, D.C. that year, and was also invited to attend the American Psychological Association (APA) annual meeting that year. She is the Local Coordinator of Brain Bee China Organizing Committee 2014-2015 in Beijing, entered Columbia University in 2015 to study Neuroscience, and is currently the Academic Mentor of Brain Bee China Organizing Committee.

Q: Tell us about Brain Bee's experience in effective learning?

A: I was very serious that year about reading the books recommended by the organizing committee, The tutorial book at the time was calledthe science of brain And a book.brain facts。 At that time that session was enough for the preliminary round of the book。 But the final will require a lot of additional knowledge on its own。 Adding a lot of knowledge will allow you to start with each of the basic knowledge points, Go, Go online to find a collegelab ofreport watch, Especially the anatomical part。 Don't look at the phone., Concentrate on it for three hours at a time, Then get some rest.20 minutes, Read on.。 Read the book., I'm used to reading paper., I must have read the textbook at least three times。

Q: How do I prepare the specimen identification section?

A: The official website of the university lab they will upload anatomical drawings, I remember that the University of Chicago, MIT have

Q: About how long do you spend preparing each day?

A: It depends on how long the preparation cycle is. I remember watching an hour or two a day at first, then going crazy the week before the game!

Q: Please describe the link between brain neuroscience and artificial intelligence、 Applications and directions of brain neuroscience in artificial intelligence、 Brain neuroscience's launchpad in artificial intelligence、 a place to put one's efforts。

A: I'm reading about that now too. Brain neurology is a specialty that can intersect with many professions, even economics, so there is a wide range of directions later on. But I find it rather sad that to be an AI brain neuro major you must be able to write code, whereas a CS major can go straight into AI. There are a lot of focus points, because artificial intelligence is so hot, and google deep learning is doing all the focus points.

Q:  Are you completely self-taught?? Availability of mentors to provide guidance and assistance

A: I'm self-taught more than anything else., Because I was in my second year, I think.。 Maybe there will be more systematic help now than there was then? I think the preliminary round is manageable by self-study。

Q: What are the connections between brain neuroscience and psychology?

A: Psychology can serve as a tableau for the study of brain neurology, and a third of the classes in the Brotherhood brain neurology major are psychological.

Q: Can you please tell me what experience you can share when writing a why essay for college if students are now looking to apply for a major in neuroscience?

A: Read the professor's onlineproject, Write a professional that you are interested in wanting to attendwhy essay The more details the better.。

Q: What is this program? University exams Is it mainly around disease??

A: Disease will play a big part, such as watching a video to determine what is wrong with what structure.

Q: A student wants to study neuroscience because he's interested in the LGBT community and the branches within neuroscience are very thin. Any recommendations on where to study in a situation like his?

A: emmm I think it's more relevant for him to study sociology, there are definitely lgbt branches of brain neurology, both have branches of Buddhism, I'm not sure exactly which school has them because I'm not interested in this... Suggest he google neuroscience lgbt.

Q: Do you have any recommendations for reference books on neuroscience?

A: If it's pure expertise, I think the textbooks are pretty much the same, and any domestic textbook for the 12th Five-Year Plan is fine. For extracurricular interests I'm currently reading neuroeconomics and a book I think the Chinese name is Neurosurgeon's Black Fairy Tale?

Q: What do you do in your spare time if you're studying neuroscience at Columbia? What to learn?

A: Freshman year psychology, sophomore year biology, and junior year only specifically deeper into brain neurology.

Q: What psychology and biology did you study at the university and what lower-level disciplines are currently being emphasized in neuroscience at Columbia?

A: There are required courses in psychology and biology, and a wide range if electives, what abnormal psych/biophysics can be a lower level subject?? Disciplines are not hierarchical, Columbia values economic and financial social disciplines!

Guests: Xu from Beijing No.4 Middle School, Zhang from Shanghai Jiaotong University High School, Li from NPC High School, Niu from Fudan High School

They were all first prize winners at last year's Brain Bee Nationals.

Q:Probably the biggest concern is how you guys prepared for the tournament in the first place, can you tell us about that first?

A: How to prepare for the competition? I usually only take chemistry in science., Knowledge of biology is lacking。 But because I've always loved medicine.、 Physiology and all that., Usually watch some science videos about it, So I don't think I was actually struggling to prepare。 If people have already learned biology in school, Then I'm sure it will be a little easier。

Q: Is there a better way and pace for self-study before a race??

A1: Revision efficiency is best according to what works for you, But it can't be delayed.。

A2: I wanted to start the review 3 months earlier but actually had a problem with procrastination. I'm a crash learner myself so I concentrated on reading and reviewing before the race and was relatively happy with the results I guess. Let's all just go at our own pace.

Q: What textbook do you use for the schoolboy competition?? People just read it.Brain Facts (question tag)? Or did you read another textbook too??

A:Brain Facts (introductory, very important); Neuroscience 3rd Edition (more comprehensive textbook); Neuroanatomy Atlas (many university medical schools have their own compiled PPTs); DSM (the complete book of neuroscience disorders from the APA).

Q:What difficulties did you encounter in preparing for the competition? How did it work out?

A1: I think this part of model identification is difficult, so it will be more intuitive if you have a model, and if not, search some neuro anatomy sites on the internet that will help you learn.

A2: The difficulty I had in preparing for my own race was the lack of professional guidance, So it is recommended to find a professional instructor, Or learn with other students, Discuss together。

A3: I think the biggest difficulty might be not knowing what depth of understanding is enough. Did the review if before the exam, but didn't feel it was deep enough at all and wasn't sure how others were doing. It should help if you have plenty of time to prepare and have a plan to review. There are times when reading a book may be abstract, you can watch videos on Youtube, such as anatomy, disease symptoms and these.

Q: How far have you read the Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience before the competition? Do the questions on the exam correlate well with the material?

A:I feel that the examples on the official website are flexible and there is more of a comprehension part. It shouldn't be tested by the book, it will be combined with a practical one, such as under a technique (e.g. artificial neural network on the official website above), or analyzing a disease. If you think the graph is more visual you can use something like this ...... Some people also feel that a video will be easier to understand they can choose to watch the video. Anyway, you can try how it's easier to remember. If you have the means to buy it is recommended to buy the model to study, it will be very helpful for image questions.

Q:Xu, I remember that students from Beijing No. 4 Middle School did particularly well last year, what's the secret?

A: There were about a dozen of us in the school at the time for the competition, and we formed study groups and studied together, and because I was reviewing earlier, I would do somelectures for my classmates at the time.

Q:Review priorities and time spent? And how did the race itself affect you?

A:Its own influence is very strong! I went on to do research in neuroscience after the competition and am now applying to college majoring in neuroscience. BrainBee is a great opportunity for self-learning ...... You can be more aware of how you learn. It will be a little easier after you find your PACE. And of course an opportunity for extracurricular exposure to neuroscience and cog sci.

Q:Again, for all the academics, do you all plan to study neuroscience-related subjects in the future? Did participating in such a competition play an important role in your choice of profession?

A1:Yes. Brain Bee can be seen as an introductory opportunity to learn about psychology/neuroscience/cognitive science. College applications are basically filled out with cognitive science being an interdisciplinary discipline that encompasses neuroscience. Participating in the contest was also a way to learn more about the area.

A2: I feel like I've become a neuroscientist when I think about things, and sometimes when I'm suddenly in a bad mood I wonder what neurotransmitters are being secreted in my brain.

Q:How can I prepare for two months for students who have no foundation in neurology?

A1: If I remember correctly, there is a syllabus for BB this year. The first thing you can do is go through it quickly to see what you can't master quickly and what are the quick knowledge points. After that, just go through your own material according to these points and then you can discuss what you don't know with your classmates or teacher. Then watch some videos online if you can afford it, and b-site is a very beneficial repository of resources. Search for partial anatomy, or crash course anatomy will be available.

A2: If this is a first introduction to neuroscience and biology, it is recommended to 1. quickly go over basic biology, such as Campbell; and 2. Read Brain facts closely. If there is some exposure to biology, it is recommended that 1. Intensive reading of Brain facts; 2. Read Neuroscience or similar introductory-level college textbook to supplement what is not on Brain facts; 3. Watch videos/3D models to grasp the structure of the nervous system; 4. Learn about neurological disorders. In short, BRAIN FACTS are very useful. Another thing is to make good use of the Glossary behind the brain facts to check the gaps.

A3: You can also go online and find Glossary of Diseases, which will have a very systematic compendium of symptoms, treatments and such for some common neurological diseases. A good number of universities have their own materials like lecture notes and ppt's, so if you have time you can also go through them quickly as a final review (review will be quick with ppt's).

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