Your brain is the most amazing and mysterious thing about you – and something that you probably take for granted. The Brain Zone lets you understand what’s going on inside your head through exciting, fun activities and exhibits. Explore what makes you ‘you’. Find out how your brain works and how it controls so many of your body’s functions – often without you even realising it.
There’s still so much that we don’t know. Scientists are discovering new things every day and you, and your brilliant brain, can help improve our understanding by visiting The Brain Zone and taking part in experiments.
Why your brain is brilliant:
- Your brain is more powerful than the fastest super-computers in the world – it makes your smart phone look pretty stupid too!
- Your brain changes and adapts all the time. How you live, the world around you and what you do, all affect how your brain develops.
- Your brain is different to everyone else’s. Okay, there are some common characteristics but you are unique. We all see and interact with the world in different ways, what’s normal for you might be pretty strange to someone else.
Talk about messing with your head! Activities in the Brain Zone will really get you thinking and asking “how is that even possible?” Don’t miss:
- Sip of conflict – A drinking fountain disguised as a toilet bowl: your brain knows the water is clean and drinkable but can you happily have a drink and not think ‘yuk’?
- Disappearing hand – you will believe that your hand has disappeared even though your brain tells you it can’t be possible.
- Do not touch – dare you risk pressing the red button, and how will you react if you do?
- A REAL brain – meet the brain in person, the container of all our hopes, dreams and memories.
Brain Zone events
To celebrate the opening of the Brain Zone, we've devised a programme of special events and activities:
- From 24 June 2016 - Friday Night Life; a new series of adult late events.
- 7 September 2016 - Mind Magic with Professor Richard Wiseman
- 11 October 2016 - Seeing Colour in a Contemporary Light – lecture by Professor Anya Hurlbert
Visit our blog to read about the process of developing a new exhibition like the Brain Zone.
Life has worked with specialists from many universities to create the Brain Zone, including:
- Northumbria University
- Newcastle University
- Durham University
- University of York
- University of Nottingham
Life would like to thank all the advisors, contractors and consultants who have helped bring this project to fruition.
The working title for this exhibition was Mind Lab.
This event includes a Tim Peake special in the planetarium, a chance to explore the new Brain Zone and experience Frozen Music Collective - who perform music based on data from the human brain.
Do we control what we do, or is this just an illusion? Share your views at this panel debate on the evidence for and against free will.
At this event, broadcaster and comedian Helen Keen talks about a rare condition that she herself once suffered from, known as selective mutism or SM.
Spend the evening with the man who has consulted Derren Brown: psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman uses illusions and trickery to reveal the different ways in which our minds can be fooled.
At this event James Piercy shares his experience of traumatic head injury and recovery to investigate how the brain works.
Professor Hurlbert explores how we perceive colours, not as physical things, but resulting from perceptual processes in the eye and the brain.
At this event, confront your phobias with Jay Gunn and his mini zoo of animals that traditionally inspire fear. Enter the dark, mysterious planetarium for some spine tingling horror shorts.
At this event, meet the man who lived as a goat and enjoy a unique planetarium show – the latest collaboration from poet Katrina Porteous and digital composer Peter Zinovieff.