Baylor Team Wins Brain Bowl Competition

April 30, 2010

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After studying, analyzing and practicing for the past month, the work paid off for Baylor University's brain bowl team. The team: Barchleigh Sandvall, Rachel Kressin, Ryan Young and Jeff Seinfeld, all of whom are neuroscience majors, came away with the win at the 13th annual Brain Bowl held Tuesday, April 1, beating the University of Texas and Trinity University.

"In previous years, we have competed and won against teams from schools that do not have a neuroscience major," said Dr. Brad Keele, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at Baylor, who has been the faculty advisor for the Baylor team for the past nine years. "This is good for Baylor because it shows how strong our neuroscience major is in comparison to other neuroscience programs around the state."

The annual Brain Bowl is a Jeopardy-like quiz show competition that tests the knowledge of undergraduate neuroscience and psychology students from Texas universities. Teams must buzz-in to answer the question. As the questions increase in difficulty, the number of points awarded for guessing correctly increases as well.

Brain Bowl questions cover fields of neuroscience research such as neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, neurochemistry, drugs and the brain, and brain and behavior. Dr. Morilak, associate professor of pharmacology at the University of Texas Health Science Center, created the first Brain Bowl on campus.

Last year's champion competes against two other universities for prizes and the Brain Bowl trophy. Baylor has appeared in at least half of the Brain Bowls since the event started.

The event is sponsored by the Center for Biomedical Science and the pharmacology department at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

For more information, contact the Baylor psychology department at (254) 710-2961.

by Jessica Puente, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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