Without fancy neuroimaging technology, how did early psychologists probe our minds? At the London Science Museum’s Mind Your Head exhibit, you can experiment with models of historical tools that psychologists once used to study people’s personality and intelligence. Test your spatial memory with the Visualization of Cubes Test, which psychologist Colin Elliott originally devised in 1983 to evaluate cognitive functioning in adolescents. And in the Telling Stories display, learn how early psychoanalysts relied on the power of storytelling, or the “talking cure,” to help patients work through their problems.
Many people think genes determine ethnicity. But as the exhibit Race: Are We So Different? at the Boston Science Museum explains, although certain genes are more common in various races, there is no set of Asian genes or Hispanic genes. Ethnicity is largely a social construct: we tend to create divisions in our minds based on physical appearance.
Psychologists asked participants to lie inside a functional MRI scanner next to a live corn snake—all in the name of science, of course. The findings revealed that a brain region called the subgenual anterior cingulate cortex (sgACC) is associated with courage: the participants who were able to control their fear effectively and get closest to the snake showed the highest activity in the sgACC. Find out how your brain handles fear at the Virginia Science Museum’s Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear, where you can conquer the terror of falling or your phobia of public speaking.
This article was originally published with the title Calendar.