MIND worked with internationally recognized authorities on human thought and behavior to create experiences through which visitors could deeply explore their own cognitive processes. A few of our collaborators were able to discuss their work and ideas in presentations or interviews with Exploratorium staff; these discussions are available below.
Date: March 12, 2008
Mind Lecture Series: The Creative Person and The Creative Context
Join Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, an authority on positive psychology and flow, for a lecture on creativity. Dr. Csikszentmihalyi reviews the common traits of creative people and describe the environments that foster innovation.
Date: January 26, 2008
Mind Lecture Series: In Search Of Universals In Human Emotion
Join us as UC Berkeley's Dr. Robert Levenson interviews acclaimed psychologist Dr. Paul Ekman about his 40 years of research into the universality of human facial expressions. The talk includes photographs and never-before-seen footage from Dr. Ekman's fieldwork among the Fore, an isolated New Guinea tribe he first visited in the early 1960s.
Date: January 17, 2008
Dr. Temple Grandin Lectures on Autism and the Animal Mind
Author and animal scientist Dr. Grandin shares her insights on ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), visual thinking, and human and animal minds. Dr. Grandin, herself autistic, believes the autistic person's capacity to "see the actual things themselves" places autistic individuals in a unique position to understand the ways animals think.
Date: November 10, 2007
The Science of Laughter
Join us as we talk with Dr. William Fry, emeritus professor at Stanford University and the father of gelotology, the study of humor and laughter, and their effects on the human body.
Date: April 28, 2008
KQED Quest: Emotions Revealed
Is your face giving you away? Meet renowned psychologist Paul Ekman, who has spent his life studying how our facial muscles involuntarily reveal emotions like sadness and anger. His comprehensive catalog of human facial expressions has become an important tool for everyone from law enforcement agents to animators.