Girl Wows Australia with Her Knowledge of Neuroscience

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You have to be smart to compete in the Australian Brain Bee Challenge, but it's not exactly brain surgery.

Still, a little knowledge of of neuroscience can come in awfully handy, as this year's 14-year-old winner found out.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports Uma Jha of Perth (on the southwest coast of the continent) outsmarted more than 4,000 competitors Feb. 1.

She aced the neuroscience competition in front of a live audience in Sydney on topics such as intelligence, memory, emotions, sleep, stroke and Alzheimer's disease."The competition was tied right up until the end, and it was a really nerve-wracking finish," Jha tells the Morning Herald. "I've never won a national science competition before, so it's amazing."

Now she'll represent Australia in California at the International Brain Bee Challenge in August.

The competition's national organizer and Queensland Brain Institute professor Linda Richards tells the Morning Herald it will be a fantastic opportunity for Jha.

"She has shown that she has a special talent and passion for neuroscience and we're very proud of her to be representing Australia at the international level," Richards tells the newspaper.

Related: How The Brain Works: Alzheimers
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