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Treasure Hunt #9

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TREASURE HUNT #9 is now CLOSED! Please try Treasure Hunt #10

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.

Treasure hunt #9 is CLOSED.

[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 #9 is more difficult than any of the previous hunts. Here are the questions:

  1. What are the official dates for Brain Awareness Week in 2011?
  2. What is the difference between a tract and a nerve?
  3. What was Otto Loewi doing when he thought of the experiment that lead to the discovery of the first neurotransmitter (acetylcholine)?
  4. Name the only Nobel prize-winner (a neuroscientist) who lived to reach her 100th birthday.
  5. During what stage of sleep do most dreams occur?
  6. What was the occupation Mr. C.E. Benham, the inventor of the "Artificial Spectrum Top?"
  7. What is the name of the chemical that makes hot peppers hot?
  8. According to the recommendation of a 2009 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention committee, what is the minimum number of vaccine shots needed to protect yourself if you are exposed to rabies?
  9. On average, which brain is heavier: a bottle-nosed dolphin brain or a human brain?
  10. Name one brain structure found in the telencephalon?

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

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

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