CANCELED: Experiencing Psychology

Friday, March 27, 2020
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota

Minnesota State University, Mankato and the Psychology Department are committed to taking any steps necessary to protect the health and safety of our faculty, staff, students and community. To limit the spread of COVID-19, we will be cancelling the March 20 and March 27 Experiencing Psychology Events.

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Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Department of Psychology faculty and students will provide a variety of demonstrations and activates for children at the third annual “Experiencing Psychology” events on March 20 from 10 a.m. –12 p.m. and March 27 from 1–3 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota in Mankato.

The event, intended to get children excited about psychology, is geared toward children ages 2-12, but is most appropriate for ages 4-10. The event is open to the public but 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 to show effects on spatial perception.

Current Minnesota State Mankato Psychology students are eager to explore psychology with young children through creativity and play. Last year, more than 50 undergraduate students in psychology participated to provide 12 unique demonstrations to children at the museum. The department is collaborating with the museum on two separate days so that more students and community members can participate.

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 Psychology Department faculty Dr. Karla Lassonde, Dr. Adam Steiner and Dr. Emily Stark.


Dr. Lassonde, Tel: 507-389-5827

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