Goose Bumps! begins with the Fear Challenge
Course, where visitors can face four common fears in a safe environment. The first challenge, Fear of
Animals, dares guests to reach into concealed
terrariums that might be the home of creepy-crawly
creatures. In the next room, Fear of Electric Shock, visitors may feel their heart pounding as they anticipate getting zapped by a jolt of electricity. In Fear of Loud Noises visitors test this innate fear that helps keep us out of harm’s way. Finally, the Fear of Falling challenge allows guests to experience a sudden loss of support and then watch a video recording of their reaction to the backwards drop.
Another exhibit highlight is the Fear Lab, a section which explores the brain’s structures and pathways that drive the fear response. Visitors will meet Mr. Goose Bumps, a larger-than-life figure that illustrates, through animation, how the brain and body work together in response to danger. Real brains and brain slices preserved through the process of plastination are on display showing similarities in a key fear structure in the brains of humans and animals.
Other thematic areas in the exhibit include:
Faces of Emotion – Visitors can explore the facial expressions of fear and other emotions that may be universal in humans. Cutting edge software is used to analyze and identify guests’ facial expressions.
Fear in the Wild – A put-yourself-in-the-picture immersive video game allows guests to explore common responses to danger, including freeze, flight and fight. Visitors will discover how fear helps all animals, including humans, stay alive.
Fear and Society – Some fears spread beyond the individual and become stronger as more people become afraid. A short film and exhibit displays how our collective fears are represented and transmitted through media and pop culture.
Coping with Fear – While a certain amount of fear is normal, some anxieties can get out of control. Visitors can find out what fears are common at different stages in life and learn about ways to help children move past their fears. They can also watch interviews with patients suffering from anxiety disorders to understand what happens when the fear system goes awry.
LINK to MODS Goosebumps Press Release (right click to download)
(requires Microsoft Word 2010)
ADDITIONAL RESOURCE FOR EDUCATORS:
LINK TO PDF FORMAT EDUCATOR GUIDE (right click to download)
(requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
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