"Brain! Exploring Wondrous Mysteries"

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Courtesy of Center for Information Biology and DNA Data Bank of Japan of the National Institute of Genetics

The "Brain" - the most wondrous organ in the human body.
From the dawn of civilization, human beings have continuously posed the question, "Who am I?" The answer to that question is - the "brain." The brain is what distinguishes human beings from the other species; the brain creates the "mind" or "consciousness" that provides your individuality.
"Brain! Exploring Wondrous Mysteries" includes the latest research results and is Japan's first large-scale exhibition on this amazing organ. It offers visitors the opportunity to encounter the mysteries of the human brain and the scientific activities designed to solve some of those mysteries.

During the exhibition, numerous events, from symposiums featuring neuroscientists to special tours to mini lectures will be featured.

Exhibition Features

This exhibition is composed of 3 features. Experience your "inner consciousness" through the many exhibits.

Feature 1 - History of our brain
Consider the human brain from an evolutionary perspective by comparing the brains of various organisms.
(Planned exhibits: Brain/nerve specimens from approx. 130 sources from nerves of invertebrates to mammals/humans)
Feature 2 - The World My Brain Creates
Examine the human brain and how it creates individuality through the interpretation of data from physical action and the spatial world. (Planned exhibits: Approx. 10 hands-on exhibits and images offer experiential opportunities in the areas of movement control, language, and stereoscopic viewing)
Feature 3 - My Brain that Transforms
The human brain constantly transforms and continues to regenerate. Introduce yourself to cutting-edge neuroscience through the latest measuring instruments that can record the actual activity of the brain, and images of advanced treatment techniques for intractable disease affecting the cranial nerves.
(Planned exhibits: Exhibits of instruments which measures brain activity; and images on the changing brain which result from medical treatment, disease, senile decay, learning and development, etc.)
Term:
March 18 (Sat.) - May 31 (Wed.), 2006
Venue:
1F Event Zone, Miraikan
Admission Fee:
900 yen, 18 years old and under: 350 yen (Can also view the permanent exhibits)
Group discount (over 8 people): Adults: 800 yen, 18 years old and under: 310 yen
*Free admission for those in possession of a Disability Book and one accompanying person.
Organizers:
National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan), Brain Century Promotion Conference (NPO), Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Priority Areas - 5 Areas - from MEXT, The Yomiuri Shimbun
In Association with:
Psychological Society of Japan, The Japan Neuroscience Society, Japanese Neural Network Society, The Japanese Association of Anatomists, The Japanese Society for Neurochemistry, RIKEN Brain Science Institute
Supported by:
Nihon University, Faculty of Medicine of University of Tokyo, School of Medicine of Yokohama City University, Graduate School of Life Sciences of Tohoku University, Kawasaki Medical University Museum of Modern Medical Education, Hayashibara Museum of Natural Sciences, Center for Information Biology and DNA Data Bank of Japan of the National Institute of Genetics, ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories, Felissiomo, NHK Enterprises Inc., JT Biohistory Research Hall, Janssen Pharmaceutical K.K., KANZEN, NTT Communication Science Labratories, OLYMPUS CORPORATION
Sponsors:
KUMON Institute of Education Co., Ltd., Siemens Asahi Medical Technology, Shimadzu Corporation, Daiwabo Information System Co., Ltd.
Contact:
National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
2-41 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0064 Japan
TEL: +81-3-3570-9151/FAX: +81-3-3570-9150
URL: http://www.miraikan.jst.go.jp/en/

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