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Brain: The Biology of Mind
The 4th Exhibition Gallery, Life Science Hall
March 30, 2016 - February 28, 2017

Follow your heart but take your brain with you.

The brain is a fascinating and mysterious organ, a little biological computer that dictates everything its owner does. It is clear that human brain is more highly evolved than that of any other species, but the complexity of it is still beyond our own comprehension. Does our brain possess super powers? What’s on earth inside our brain?

For centuries, scientists have been fascinated by the most complex part of the human body, but until recently they viewed the brain as nearly incomprehensive. Now, however, thanks to advances in neurological and behavioral science and the development of new research techniques, the brain is beginning to relinquish its secrets. Scientists even predict that the era of the brain is coming soon!

To help our visitors challenge the coming era of the brain, the National Museum of Natural Science delivers a special exhibition entitled Brain: The Biology of Mind. Based on the foundation of biology, this exhibition, the first of its kind in Taiwan, offers a basic introduction and a new perspective and keen insight into the brain through imaginative art, vivid brain-scan imaging, and dynamic interactive exhibits for all ages. Visitors will be able to explore what human brain looks like inside and out and what are the differences of the structure and the development in brains between humans and other animals; learn how the brain senses, feels, thinks, and ages, and how people can change their brain by what they think and do. They will also explore an interactive model of an MRI machine to see how scientists examine brain activity, play maze and concentration games, examine a model of a brain to find out what regions are involved in speech, vision and other functions, trick their brain into seeing things that aren’t really there with a variety of illusions. Brain: The Biology of Mind also features an interactive art display ‘Smiling Buddha’ produced by Professor Hung Yi-ping and the iM-Lab @ NTU and Dr. Chiang Ann-shyn’s research on the tiny fruit flies. Hung’s Smiling Buddha will make the audience affected by the power of a smile, while Chiang’s achievements will help us tremendously in understanding our own brain and how it forms long-term memories. There are many more to explore in this exhibition!

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Brain: The Biology of Mind is an informative and entertaining exhibition. With a multitude of diverse topics to explore, the exhibition is divided into seven sections: Your Structural Brain, Your Sensing Brain, Your Emotional Brain, Your Thinking Brain, Your Changing Brain, Your Waving Brain, and Your Subtle Brain. Our exhibition team utilizes two creative and innovative ways to present scientific information: artistic interpretations and interactive exhibits. They use models, pictures, charts, films, artifacts, multimedia, brain-scan images, brain teaser games, and a range of dynamic interactive exhibits to create an immersive experience for the audience of all ages, trying to illustrate how our remarkable brains work, what makes them so special, how we can keep them healthy and young, and how 21st century science can repair and improve our brain. Additionally, we also provide guided tours conducted by our experienced docents on a schedule and a variety of theme-related activities such as lectures, demonstrations, and family-oriented DIY programs. All of these will explain the neuroscience principles behind, assist you to operate exhibits, bring lots of fun to you along with your visit, and make the biology of mind a simple thing to learn.

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“The human brain is the most complex and fascinating biological structure known, and we are delighted to explore its many facets in the exhibition,” says Museum Director-general Dr. Sun Wei-hsin at the exhibition opening reception. “It took our exhibition team nearly two years to make the exhibition Brain: The Biology of Mind,” comments Sun, “Our effort is indeed challenging. We tried to specific abstract ideas about neuroscience into common knowledge for people by using the Internet and digital technology.” “In addition to highlighting the brain’s surprising ability, this exciting, entertaining, inspiring, and informative special exhibition also offers visitors a wide range of activities that will leave them much to experience, imagine, guess, and even engage in the future.” (Read more about the exhibition from Sun)

The brain is the crown jewel of your body. It is your window to the world around you. This special exhibition will pull your brain out of familiar routines, shake it up, surprise it and challenge it to a vigorous mental workout. Join us to experience it.

A ticket is required for the admission to the special exhibition. Tickets can be purchased on-site at the museum ticket offices. Tickets for the special exhibition include general admission to the museum.

Adult: NT$150
Student/Group 20+: NT$120
Member/Senior (65-69)/Wed. Early Visitor/CAM Member/Reporter/VIP with Concession Ticket: NT$80
Senior 70+/Child (0-6)/Disabled Visitor & 1 Companion/Licensed Guide: FREE
Hotel Package: NT$120 plus 5 complementary tickets (available for 50+ tickets purchased at one time)

Prices are subject to change without notification, and available with valid ID only.

Brain: The Biology of the Mind is organized by the National Museum of Natural Science, Taiwan, in collaboration with the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience @ National Central University, Brain Research Center @ National Tsing-hua University, Institute of Neuroscience @ National Yang-ming University, Dept. of Anthropology @ National Taiwan University, The Graduate Institute of Networking and Multimedia @ National Taiwan University, National Center for High-performance Computing, the Biomedical Engineering Research and Development Center @ China Medical University and Hospital, Dept. of Art & Creative Design @ Hsuan-chuang University, HTC Co., NeuroSky Co., and Alchemy Technology Co..