Experiencing Psychology

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LocationChildren's Museum of Southern Minnesota located at 224 Lamm St. in Mankato

PRESS RELEASE: Minnesota State Mankato Psychology Department Will Provide Demonstrations of Psychological Science at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota
• Friday, March 15, 1 – 3 pm
• Monday, March 25, 10 – noon and 1 – 3 pm

Mankato, Minn. – Faculty and students in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Department of Psychology will provide a variety of demonstrations to children at the 2nd annual “Experiencing Psychology” events on March 15 and March 25 at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota.

The event, intended to get children excited about psychology, is geared toward children ranging in age from 2-12, but is most appropriate for ages 4-10. The event requires paid admission to the Children’s Museum.

Demonstrations will include showing what a human brain looks like, how people can improve memory skills and how psychological science shapes people’s lives.

A few of the many activities for children will include:
• Match emotion games that ask children to explore similarities and differences in human and animal emotions.
• “Create a brain cell” in which children will build neurons using fun, colorful supplies.
• “Build your own brain” in which children will use Play-Doh to construct a brain.
• Wearing perception shift goggles that will change children’s spatial awareness.

This event was first held in 2018, where over 50 undergraduate students in psychology participated to provide 12 demonstrations to children at the museum. This year, we have added another day in order to reach more families and children, and provide more opportunities for students to get involved. This event is just one example of the commitment to outreach and raising public awareness of psychological science by the Psychology Department of Minnesota State University, Mankato.

The ‘Experiencing Psychology’ partnership with the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is coordinated by Dr. Karla Lassonde, Dr. Adam Steiner, and Dr. Emily Stark, all of the Psychology Department. For more information, contact Dr. Lassonde by phone at 507-389-5827 or by email at karla.lassonde@mnsu.edu.


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