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Step into MindWorks at the Ontario Science Centre for an up-close look at your mind

TORONTO (September 25, 2019) – Ever wonder what’s happening in your head? On September 28, the Ontario Science Centre launches MindWorks, a new hands-on, bodies-on psychology exhibition, as part of its free 50th Birthday Community Weekend. MindWorks brings ideas like decision-making, memory and emotions to life through playful, interactive exhibits.

“Every day, each one of us makes decisions without giving them much thought. Would we make better choices if we became more aware of the mental processes leading to those decisions?” said Maurice Bitran, PhD, CEO and Chief Science Officer, Ontario Science Centre. “Through interactive experiences based on cognitive psychology, MindWorks will encourage visitors to step into their own mind and explore how they think, feel and react in a playful and exciting new way.”

Researched, designed and fabricated by the Ontario Science Centre, MindWorks lets visitors explore and learn through a fully immersive experience—from writing a song with building blocks to understanding personality traits.They can try their negotiation skills to play the world’s largest Pac-Man game, engage in critical thinking as they squeeze through unusual shapes and explore consciousness with help from a humanoid robot.

In this age of technology and instant communications, MindWorks is designed to keep visitors in the moment. Through carefully crafted reflection questions, the exhibition asks visitors to step back and look at thought processes they take for granted. Whether they’re comparing risks and rewards, pondering their dreams or creating a digital painting, visitors will discover the remarkable power of their minds.

“The Ontario Brain Institute’s partnership with the Ontario Science Centre is a great opportunity to connect with the public on a personal level,” said Tom Mikkelsen, President and Scientific Director at the Ontario Brain Institute, knowledge partner for the MindWorks exhibition. “It allows us to take what we know about the brain and the mind and empower people to maintain their overall health. Ontario is a leader in research in this area, so we are excited to share our enthusiasm for the brain and its intricate beauty with the public.”

This exhibition is designed to be a conversation starter for visitors of all ages on topics such as understanding perception, making choices and exploring emotions. To continue the discussion, each month the Science Centre will offer activities, demonstrations and special speakers that expand on different themes featured in the MindWorks exhibition.

MindWorks runs daily to April 26, 2020, and is included with general admission. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit OntarioScienceCentre.ca.

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