Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Exhibit Design Inspiration: The Museum of Scientifically Accurate Fabric Brain Art

Intrepid ExhibiTricks reader Andrea Thies pointed out The Museum of Scientifically Accurate Fabric Brain Art, which is billed as "the world's largest extant collection of anatomically correct fabric brain art." (You can see an example, by developmental psychologist Marjorie Taylor, pictured above.)

As described in an article from Science Magazine, the structures of the human brain have inspired developmental psychologist Marjorie Taylor and psychiatrist Karen Norberg to produce their scientifically accurate fabric art.

The "curator" behind the MSAFBA website is Bill Harbaugh, a Professor of Economics from the University of Oregon. Professor Harbaugh also maintains a sister site, the Gallery of Wooden Brain Art. Who would have known that this all has a tangential relationship to neuroeconomics research?

"Building a brain with yarn and knitting needles turns out to follow many of the same pathways as actual brain development," says Norberg, who has a knitted brain on display at the Boston Museum of Science.

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