Mind Your Brain!
REMINDER FROM HEAD OFFICE: MIND YOUR HEAD!
You’re not just a head!
You’re a fingertip,
tip of the tongue,
top of the lung,
and it’s all tip-top!
Mind Your Brain! exhibition features many ways to take good care of your brain. The brain benefits from us using it; for example, brisk exercise, music, dance and crafts are proven to be good for the brain. The exhibition provides tips for a brain-friendly life and inspires visitors to be more active. At the exhibition, everyone can find ways to take good care of their brain. Mind Your Brain! exhibition reminds us that we can affect how our brain is shaped. The exhibition consists of games and exercises for groups of two to five people that challenge the brain. Cooperation and interaction with others are particularly important for the development of the human brain.
At the exhibition, visitors can exercise, relax, engage in arts and crafts, play in a band and try some of the most popular dances of all time. Brain puzzles, emotions, the senses and the significance of sleep for the brain are also featured – and the importance of laughter! In addition, the exhibition provides information about the circulatory system and its vital importance for the brain, the structure and functions of the brain and the incredible ways in which our brains evolve throughout our lives.
The exhibition is organised in cooperation with the Finnish Brain Association.
WARNING FROM HEAD OFFICE: THIS EXHIBITION WILL BRAND YOUR BRAIN!
The poems for the exhibition were written by author Laura Ruohonen and translated into English by Outi Kainulainen and into Swedish by Annika Sandelin.
Mind Your Brain! – sneak previews:
LET´S DANCE, EVERYBODY
Dance, friends, dance!
There’s no better thing
if music makes you swing
skin touches skin
rhythm gives you zing
and the singer starts to sing.
So do the salsa in sandals
the tech-tech-techno in trainers
the hip-hop in flip-flops
the reel in high heels
the moonwalk in moon boots.
At this exhibit, you can try popular dances from different periods of time.
Dance has a powerful effect on shaping the brain. Dancing combines two things that increase wellbeing: exercise and music. Learning skills improve with dance. Dance moves and music activate several different parts of the brain and strengthen connections between neural networks. In the process, we also learn to control our body in relation to ourselves and our environment. Learning dance steps maintains and further develops our learning abilities, logical thinking and ability to process information.
Stress is a disease,
now put yourselves at ease.
Breathe deep in unison,
all your worries are gone.
If you just relax, as one
you’ll see the wonder of the pond.
At this exhibit, you can see what it’s like to relax together as a group. It will be a rewarding shared experience.
Modern life is challenging for the brain. Our environment is full of stimuli, our lives are scheduled and we feel that we should be available around the clock. Short-term stress motivates us and helps us concentrate better. Long-term stress, however, causes physiological changes that are harmful for the brain and the body. It’s important to allow enough time for calming down, relaxing and recharging, even in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives.
Dream is a cure, dream is consolation
dream is Buddha in deep meditation.
Things of the past, things of today,
strange sights of nights gone by
the Big Broom of Sleep sweeps them away
to make room for the upcoming day
At this exhibit, you can clean up and reorganise your memory so that it becomes clearer.
The brain evolves and is shaped throughout our lives, and this process requires sleep. During the day, our neural networks create a massive amount of new connections based on the events of that day. During sleep, the brain processes all the information it has received during the day, and events are organised in our minds. In addition, important nerve connections are reinforced, while unnecessary connections are cleaned away. A special lymphatic cycle has recently been discovered in the brain that is related to tidying up, and this cycle is at its most active during sleep. During the night, the brain flushes itself and rids itself of harmful waste products.