Brain Matters

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Graduate student Andrew Hardaway, left, reviews brain anatomy with Randy Blakely, Ph.D., Director of the Vanderbilt Conte Center,
and Mark Wallace, Ph.D., Director of the Vanderbilt Brain Institute at the exhibit. Photo courtesy of Daniel Dubois, VUMC.

Learn about the the inner workings of the human brain at the Brain Matters exhibit.

Three touch-screen, interactive displays in a lounge-like setting allow guests to leisurely explore the brain in three main areas: molecules, anatomy and mental health & brain disorders.

Molecules covers basic information about critical brain chemicals, like serotonin and glutamate. In addition to the basics of brain chemistry, this exhibit also discusses medicines used to treat mental disorders as well as drugs of abuse.

Take a 3D tour through your brain in the Brain Anatomy segment and learn how detailed the brain is, and what specific structures are responsible for creating memories or controlling your heart rate.

In Mental Health and Brain Disorders, learn about different types of mental illness and how they can be managed. Read about how brain disorders, like Alzheimer's or Stroke, can impact daily life of patients and their caregivers in Brain Disorders.

Simply touch the screen to learn about the wonders of the brain.

Please note that this information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose illness. If you have concerns about any of the health conditions in the exhibit, please consult with your primary care physician or other health care professional.