Brain Awareness Week at the Zuckerman Institute

Showcasing brain science with hands-on activities for people of all ages.

What does a human brain feel like? Could you draw a picture while looking at your hand in a mirror that reverses its movements? Come find out at the Zuckerman Institute’s annual Community Brain expo, held in the Spring. We invite our neighbors to join us for this free public event, which features head-scratching demonstrations and mind-boggling activities for every age. Visitors put their minds to the test as they learn about how we see the world around us, how our memories work and other fundamental aspects of the mind and brain. Led by actual scientists, the event is organized by Columbia University Neuroscience Outreach, a group of graduate students devoted to teaching the public about the mysteries of the mind. Held in celebration of of Brain Awareness Week, a global campaign to increase public awareness of the importance of brain research, the event is made possible by partnerships with the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and the Greater New York City Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience.

Visit the Dana Alliance's Brain Awareness Week site to learn more about activities happening in your community.

Top left image: A child learns how to make brain cells from pipecleaners at the 2015 Community Brain Expo (credit: Eileen Barroso).

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