16 September 2014

Paris - If you could read the title of this article, this is a great example of our brain's capacity! C3RV34U is the new permanent exhibition at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, an 800 m2 exhibition experience that will reveal the capabilities and limitations of the human brain.

Audience: Open to all

Venue: Explora, Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, Paris, 19thArrondissement

Date and Times: This new permanent exhibition will open on 16 September 2014. To find out more, visit the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie website

The C3RV34U exhibition aims to immerse you in a series of fun and interactive experiences that will make you realise the power and limitations of the human brain. “This domain is particularly appropriate, as each person visiting the exhibition will come with their brain! We will find new ways to stimulate it, test it, or even view it in real time (possible with electroencephalography technology). The exhibition will take place in an inviting and friendly space where everyone, regardless of age, will discover one surprise after another by testing themselves and discovering how the brain learns, processes visual stimuli, language, subliminal images, etc. Brain imaging will play an important role. You will be able to touch the brain, see it in three dimensions, follow connections, access the latest atlas etc.” explains Stanislas Dehaene, scientific curator of the exhibition, a member of the Académie des Sciences, a professor at Collège de France (Chair of Experimental Cognitive Psychology) and Director of the joint INSERM-CEA Cognitive Neuroimaging unit.

The visit will focus on three thematic areas:

  • “What's In Our Head?”: Explore, touch, observe, compare – understand what the brain is made of, how it is programmed and how it works.
  • “The Ever Active Brain”: Get an insight into its marvellous capabilities, in 4 components: Made to Learn, See with Your Brain, Decide to Act and In Good Conscience?
  • “Social Brain”: A conference filmed a little differently in order to understand how our brains are pre-programmed for social life and to learn what “others may think.” (Session every 12 minutes)

This exhibition was organised by the scientific collaboration between Inserm and all Aviesan members. Olivier Bertrand (Inserm Research Director, Director of the Lyon Neuroscience Research Centre), Alain Chedotal (Inserm Research Director, Institut de la Vision, Paris), Constance Hammond (Inserm Research Director, Mediterranean Institute of Neurobiology, President of the “All Researchers” association) and Lionel Naccache (neurologist, PU-PH at the Pierre and Marie Curie University and researcher at the Inserm unit of the Brain and Spinal Cord Institute in Paris) are members of the exhibition scientific committee.

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