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UZH Summer Quiz

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New findings are emerging from UZH research all the time; the range of projects is breathtaking. In our summer quiz, we take you on a voyage of discovery around a few of the topics covered by UZH Communications in the last six months. Have fun trying to guess the answers.


Humans use screams to signal strong emotions.

Take part for the chance to win a UZH-branded bath towel, water bottle or dry bag (see below). Pick the correct answer for each question and join the letters together to find the keyword at the end. Send the keyword to by 6 August. There is only one correct answer for each question.

1 – We scream for a variety of reasons – pain, anger, fear, pleasure, sadness or joy. Which kinds of screams are we most sensitive to?

R Screams of rage and fear

S Screams of joy

T Screams of pleasure

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2– Computed tomography analyses of fossilized skulls enabled researchers to determine when the ape-like brain evolved into a human brain. When and where did the typical human brain structures emerge?

U Around 1.7 million years ago in Africa

P Around 1.5 million years ago in the Middle East

Q Around 4 million years ago in Asia

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3 – The new medical center for precision medicine, The LOOP Zurich, launched two research consortia. What are they called?

L NOmigraine, Cancerfree


N Braindeep, Sleepwell

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4 – The survival chances of giraffes in the wild vary. Which factor has the most influence on the life expectancy of female giraffes?

P Absence of people as a disturbance factor

Q Habitat

M Sociability

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5 –The UZH spin-off Neurimmune discovered an active ingredient that could combat Alzheimer’s. What is the name of the substance that was recently approved in the USA for the treatment of Alzheimer’s?

C Axura

D Aricept

E Aducanumab

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6 – Live fast, die young – that’s the motto of risk-takers. Why are some people more likely to take risks than others?

P   They have a genetic predisposition to risk-taking.

Q  Risk-taking is simply a behavioral trait, we still don’t know what causes it.

R Appetite for risk-taking has a genetic and neurobiological basis.

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Part of the exhibition at the UZH Science Exploratorium showcases the XENON experiments being carried out at the Gran Sasso underground laboratory in Italy. One of the items on display is a XENON detector known as a time projection chamber. How many tons of liquid xenon can it contain?

O 1 ton

P 7 tons

Q 3.2 tons

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8 – Various species of great apes differ greatly in terms of social interactions. These differences affect the learning strategies of the young animals. How do young orangutans learn?

T All the young animals look to their mother as a role model.

U Young females learn from their mother, while young males take their cues from immigrant males.

V All the young animals follow the behavior of the alpha animals of their group.

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9 – Several new University Research Priority Programs were launched this year. What topics do they deal with?

H Future of UZH, climate 2050, gender gap, birth control, digital learning

I Digital religions, equality of opportunity, human reproduction, rare diseases, principles of learning

J Origins of religion, human desire, causes of learning disabilities, remote sensing, healthy aging

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10 – Neuroscientist Silvia Brem researches how children learn to read and how best to help those who find it difficult. As part of the National Center of Competence in Research “Evolving Language”, she is testing a treatment for dyslexia. What is the method being tested?

X An app-based reading training program

Y Hypnosis

Z Neurofeedback

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We will publish the correct answers here on August 6.

We are giving away a UZH-branded drybag, water bottle and bath towel. Good luck!