The exhibition includes a video of a dancer auditioning for Juilliard and explains what part of her brain is firing off at each step in the process

What if scientists were able to create a drug to give you super memory? What if some countries banned the use and others did not? Would some countries be left behind?

The new exhibit Brain: The Inside Story at the American Museum of Natural History says these and more questions like it are not far off in the future.

The fascinating new exhibit separates the different functions of your brain: “sensing”, “emotional”, and “thinking”, shows how your brain changes over your lifetime, and shows how brain science is changing in the 21st century. Columbia Professor Joy Hirsch, Professor of Functional Neuroradiology in Neuroscience and Professor of Psychology, assisted in creating the exhibition.

The exhibition beautifully incorporates models, games, and artistic exhibits to demonstrate how the brain evolved and works in our everyday life. It also includes what happens when things go wrong, for example, composer Alexander Scriabin had some trouble in his “sensing brain” where certain senses were linked together (specifically sound and color). This is what the musical scale sounded/looked like to him:

The exhibition runs through Aug. 2011 and museum admission is $24 full price and $18 for students with CUID.
Eleanor Milburn ’06CC, ’13SIPA

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