Psychology takes center stage at San Francisco’s Exploratorium
Two psychology-related exhibits will open at the Exploratorium
in San Francisco this month in the famed science museum’s
new digs at Pier 15 on the city’s waterfront.
The first exhibit, “The Science of Sharing,” will lead visitors
through interactions and activities that highlight social
psychology principles related to competition, cooperation and
resource sharing. In one, for example, visitors can participate
in a “fishing” video game in which they compete to catch fish
— but if too many fish are caught, then the fish population
collapses. Such exhibits will help visitors understand the role
human behavior plays in global problems like climate change
and arms races, says psychologist Hugh McDonald, PhD, a
curator of the exhibit.
In the temporary “The Changing Face of What Is Normal”
exhibition (on display through April 2014), the museum
explores the idea that what we consider “normal” changes with
time and culture. The exhibit will look at the controversies
involved in the development of the DSM- 5. It will also include
an exhibition of personal items from patients at the Willard
State Hospital, a decommissioned mental institution.
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