Neuroscience Treasure Hunt - #5

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Treasure Hunt #5 is now closed!

Please try Treasure Hunt #6

Do I have your attention now? Here is a contest, a game, a challenge.

Your job is to find the answers to 10 questions related to the brain and nervous system. All of the answers can be found right here on the pages of "Neuroscience for Kids." Send me an e-mail ( when you have found all of the answers.

It's easy! If you send me the correct answers to all of the questions, you will win the Golden Neuron Award.

"What is the Golden Neuron Award?," you ask? It is NOT fame, fortune and a new car. The Golden Neuron Award () is recognition on a SPECIAL PAGE. (You can see the winners of treasure hunt #2, treasure hunt #3 and treasure hunt #4 on their own special pages.)

Treasure hunt #5 is open right now...

[email] Send your answers to me (Dr. Eric H. Chudler) at Include whatever information about yourself that you want posted on this page (name, grade, school, age). If you don't want your name posted, just say so.

Winners with the correct answers will be listed on the GOLDEN NEURON AWARD PAGE.


Treasure Hunt #5 is more difficult than any of the previous hunts. Here are the questions:

  1. What neurological disease occurs when the insulating material ("myelin") around nerve cells in the central nervous system is damaged?

  2. Who coined the term "synapse" in 1897?

  3. Who won the Nobel Prize in 1981 for his work about the functions of the right and left hemispheres of the brain?

  4. Which two cranial nerves are responsible for taste information from the tongue?

  5. Who spends the most time in REM sleep: infants, children or adults?

  6. How many synapses are required for the knee jerk reflex?

  7. What is the name of the glial cell that provides myelin to neurons in the central nervous system?

  8. Name one type of photoreceptor found in the retina of the eye.

  9. What drug is made from the opium poppy?

  10. How much does an elephant brain weigh?

Can you answer these questions? If so, go for the gold...the Golden Neuron Award, that is.

Send your answers to me (Eric H. Chudler) at


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