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.
The poems for the exhibition were written by author Laura Ruohonen.
Mind Your Brain – sneak previews:
LET´S DANCE, EVERYBODY
Here you can try popular dances from various eras.
Dance has a powerful effect on shaping the brain. Dancing combines two aspects that increase pleasure: exercise and music. Dancing develops our learning skills: music and various series of movements broadly and effectively activate different areas of the brain and strengthen the 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.
Here you can learn to calm down and relax together. It’s 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.
Here you can tidy up your memories.
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 rids itself of harmful waste products.