Explore the workings of the brain at the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival


By Malavika Vettath

Ever wondered how thoughts form inside our head? Or how and why we feel a range of ­emotions, such as happiness, sadness, anger or jealousy?

Find out at the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival, where visitors will be taken on a journey inside the human mind.

Brain: The Inside Story is one of the highlights of this year’s festival, which runs from Wednesday until April 29 at the Sharjah Expo Centre. Presented in collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History in New York, it promises to reveal the secrets of the human brain using state-of-the-art interactive installations.

The journey begins with a look at a three-pound ­preserved brain. Visitors then head through a “tunnel of firing neurons”, an installation created by Spanish artist Daniel Canogar. He uses lines of light projected onto hanging wires to highlight the brain’s electrical impulses and connectivity.

There are also brain-scan ­images and brain-teaser games designed to entertain and enlighten children and adults alike.

 Why put such a focus on the brain during a festival about books and reading?

“We wanted to show how the brain creates the critical faculties we use to process and make sense of the written word,” says Ahmed Al Ameri, chairman of the ­Sharjah Book Authority, which organises the annual festival.

“It also covers the emotional aspect of the brain, which is responsible for allowing us to enjoy different forms of literature.” Read more

Source: The National

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