Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences: BRAIN- The World Inside Your Head
See a real human brain! Touch, explore, and learn about the body’s central processing unit in “BRAIN: The World Inside Your Head.” The exhibit is open January 20 through May 5, 2024 at the Children’s Museum & Science Center located at the Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences, in Rocky Mount, NC. Using special effects, optical illusions, and interactive displays, learn how the brain functions, as well as how it can malfunction. This hands‑on exhibit provides an up‑close look at the human body’s most essential and fascinating organ, by exploring its development, physiology, and function. Delve deep into the brain to discover its basic workings as a shimmering tunnel of flashing fiber-optics illuminates networks of neurons firing and communicating. From infancy through old age, discover how scientists’ understanding of the brain’s physiology has evolved. Also, study the re-created skull of Phineas Gage, a man who survived after his brain was pierced by a metal rod. The exhibit explores brain-related disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, depression and addiction. Visitors may explore the relationship between depression and creativity, how drugs work in the brain, the nature of pain, genome mapping, molecular medicine and future brain treatments.