T. Grenier, Society for Neuroscience

A short film that uses humor and science to explain congenital anosmia has won the Society for Neuroscience’s 2013 Brain Awareness Video Contest. In the video, Travis Grenier (above), a film student at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Fla., and a 12-year-old friend explain that Grenier was born without the ability to smell and show how the brain is responsible. In one segment, the friend tests Grenier’s lack of sniffing power by dangling a dirty sock near his nose. Other contest honorees explored memory, the support role of brain cells called glia and how science can read minds. Watch the winning videos or submit your own to the 2014 contest at www.brainfacts.org/bavc.

Sarah Zielinski is the Editor, Print at Science News Explores. She has a B.A. in biology from Cornell University and an M.A. in journalism from New York University. She writes about ecology, plants and animals.

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