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Mind -- A New Exhibition

For Immediate Release:
November 01, 2007

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Mind -- A New Exhibition

A Major New Exhibition
With Over 40 New Exhibits, Four Years in the Making
November 9, 2007-December 31, 2008

In Mind, you are the exhibit. Experience your own thoughts, feelings and actions in provocative and unexpected ways in this major new 5000-square-foot Exploratorium

A Sip of Conflict

exhibition featuring over 40 brand-new interactive exhibits, four years in the making. For example, find out how it feels to drink out of a water fountain that is actually a toilet, or witness yourself in off-guard moments you may never have experienced before, when Mind opens at the Exploratorium on November 9, 2007. Entrance to the exhibition is included with admission to the Exploratorium.

In a very real sense, you’ll discover that the exhibits in Mind are actually within yourself: these experiences are windows into the subtle but powerful processes and mechanisms at work inside our heads. At A Sip of Conflict, for example, drink from a water fountain fashioned from a very real but unused toilet. The tension between reason and emotion runs high in this experience at the heart of the exhibition. At Limelight, stand before a simulated lively audience and examine your own emotional and cognitive reactions to being the center of attention. Combining exhibits, activities, demonstrations, public programs, and specially commissioned artist installations probing the mysteries of thought and emotion, this exhibition invites you to experience -- as never before -- the workings of your own mind. Mind is made possible by with the support of the National Science Foundation.
In Mind, stretch your experiences of yourself. Discover insights into how you make decisions, the kinds of things you do (or don’t) pay attention to, and the changing landscapes and intriguing effects of your own emotions. At The Eyes Have It, infer the emotional states of others from their eyes alone and experience just how expert you are at reading emotions in faces. At Masks, communicate your feelings without using facial expressions, relying solely on body language. And at Startle, you’ll view yourself as others occasionally see you -- but as you’ve never seen yourself. At See Yourself Sweat, you’ll also see aspects of your own emotional responses that are normally impossible to view, as you explore moods and feelings.

Mind is not only about emotions, however. Poker Face invites you try to catch a friend in a lie -- or to get away with one yourself. Fast Faces exposes why your ability to recognize a famous person is more fragile than you might think. At Daisy, a conversation with a computer raises questions as to whether its responses are evidence of consciousness. And at Color Your Judgment, discover how expectations cloud your ability to make sense of unusual odors -- violating your expectations. In short, this exhibition touches on current research in the mind sciences and presents experiences that highlight the workings of the human mind -- in surprising and thought-provoking ways.

During the run of the exhibition, public activities and programs allow visitors to test their theories of identity, explore the cognitive processes of nonhuman animals, and discuss current research with mind scientists.

Hours of Operation & New Evening Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm;  every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.

$29 for adults, with lower rates for SF Bay Area residents, youth, seniors, students, teachers and the disabled. Tickets available at the door and advance tickets available online at www.exploratorium.edu/visit/tickets.

Getting Here
The Exploratorium is easily accessible by public transit. Convenient parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/location-directions

About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.

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