Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear

What are you afraid of? Everyone has fears and, although the triggers may be different, the biological process of fear is the same in all of us. The California Science Center partnered with the Science Museum of Minnesota to design, fabricate, and jointly develop Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear, a 5,000-square-foot traveling exhibit that allows visitors to experience fear, understand the science behind it, and reflect upon its personal meaning. As the California Science Center and the Science Museum had been collaborating on the Science Center's Ecosystems exhibit for several years, the successful relationship between the two institutions was well established. The California Science Center and the Science Museum had previously collaborated for several years on the Science Center’s Ecosystems exhibit, establishing a successful relationship between the two institutions. CSC was able to count on our engaging and intuitive designs to guarantee that the key educational messages of Goose Bumps! would be effectively communicated.

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Meet Mr. Goosebumps
Meet Mr. Goosebumps
The striking Mr. Goosebumps uses playful animations to reveal how the brain and body work together to respond to danger.

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Measuring fear
Measuring fear
Use scientists’ tools to demonstrate how your pulse and skin conductance change when you are afraid.

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Fear of falling
Fear of falling
For those who dare to experience free fall, a camera will capture their fearful expression.

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Fear of falling
Fear of falling
Strap in and get ready fall! Your family and friends can watch from a nearby window.

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Fear theater
Fear theater
Catch a live demo focusing on the process of fear conditioning, and learn how scientists measure the fear response in the lab.

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Challenge course
Challenge course
Get your heart pumping and your palms sweaty as you face some common fears, such as the Fear of Animals, the Fear of Electric Shock, and the Fear of Falling.

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Our collective fears
Our collective fears
When is fear justified and when is it blown out of proportion? Objects from the last one hundred years illustrate some unique and recurring moral panics.

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Triggering fear
Triggering fear
Set up the dominos along the marked pathways. When the dominos fall, the two main pathways of fear in the brain are revealed.

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Wall of phobias
Wall of phobias
Explore a wall of common and uncommon phobias.

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Freeze game
Freeze game
Try to catch the falling fruit without being detected by the leopard. When playing the "Freeze Game," visitors become prey in the world of a predator.

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Facial recognition
Facial recognition
Explore the facial expressions of fear and other emotions, and interact with an experimental software program that tries to analyze and identify your facial expressions.

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The ancient amygdala
The ancient amygdala
Many animals have amygdalae, the ‘threat center’ in the brain. Can you find the amygdalae in slices taken from these different brains?
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