Human Brain to be Explored at Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival

  • Visitors will travel on a fascinating neurological journey at ‘Brain: The Inside Story’ exhibition

Visitors to Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF) will receive an illuminating insight into the workings of the human brain at a special exhibition being held this year. Titled ‘Brain: The Inside Story,’ the interactive installation is organized by the American Museum of Natural History and has been designed to take festival-goers on fascinating neurological journey.

A main feature of the ninth edition of SCRF, which takes place at Expo Centre Sharjah from April 19-29, Brain: The Inside Story draws on 21st-century research and technology to offer visitors a new perspective into their brains through imaginative art, vivid brain-scan imaging and dynamic interactive exhibits. The display will bring visitors up to date on recent neuroscience, highlighting the brain’s surprising ability to rewire itself in response to experience, disability, or trauma and will showcase the technologies that researchers use to study the brain and treat conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

“Brain: The Inside Story opens up how the human brain is an incredibly complex organ and the result of millions of years of evolutionary history. SCRF has a focus on reading and this important installation demonstrates just how the brain creates the critical faculties we all use to process and make sense of the written word. It also covers the emotional aspect of the brain, which is responsible for allowing us to enjoy all the different forms of literature. This exhibition will help children and adults have a deeper understanding of how our brain works through its variety of fascinating components,” said Eman Ahmed, General Coordinator of SCRF’s activities.

Brain: The Inside Story begins with visitors walking past a three-pound preserved brain then continues through an exhilarating ‘tunnel’ of firing neurons, an installation created by Spanish artist Daniel Canogar who used lines of light projected onto hanging recycled wires to represent the brain’s connectivity and to highlight its electrical impulses. The journey then unfolds with illustrations, brain scan images, brain-teaser games and interactive exhibits designed to entertain and enlighten visitors of all ages.

A number of workshops will also help children and adults understand more about how their brains govern their inquisitiveness, development and emotions.

Brain: The Inside Story is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (amnh.org), in collaboration with Codice.Idee per la Cultura, Torino, Italy, in association with Comune di Milano–Assessorato Cultura, Italy; the Guangdong Science Center, Guangzhou, China, and Parque de las Ciencias, Granada, Spain.