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Coming in 2018

Brain: The World Inside Your Head

Brain: The World Inside Your Head

This exhibit will be on display in the North Gallery and the James W. Cornyn Valley Gallery from January 20 through May 6, 2018.

What’s more important than your brain? The quintessential organic computer is responsible for every thought, every motion, and every response your body makes. Life itself is made possible by brain activity. Discover the brain's basic workings–the fact that all brain function, everything we are and do, begins with neurons and synapses, electricity and chemistry. 

Walk into a shimmering tunnel: the midst of a functioning human brain where brain cells and neurons fire and communicate all around. Along the special journey, visitors will discover how the brain learns and thinks. A gallery of animal brains prompts basic questions: How is our brain the same as other animals? How are we different? Brain Bytes provide surprising messages about the size, speed, and complexity of the brain. 

Look back through history at how we’ve learned about the brain, today’s brain imaging, as well as the future of medical and technological exploration of the brain. Learn the secrets of sleep and dreams and the dangers, causes and cures of disorders, diseases and mental illnesses. Visitors can take on the role of brain surgeon, explore how drugs work in the brain, and explore the nature of pain.

The message is clear: Your brain is exciting. Your brain is surprising. Your brain is always changing.

This exhibit is sponsored locally by:

Virginia L. Jones Foundation
Northstate Neurosurgical Associates:

Jeffrey M. Lobosky, MD
Jeffrey S. Mimbs, MD
Larry Wainschel, MD
L. William Whitlatch, MD