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March 16: 'Experiencing Psychology' to Provide Demonstrations for Children

Event for children from 2-12 years old will be held at Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 3-9-2018

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Mankato, Minn. – Faculty and students in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Department of Psychology will provide a variety of demonstrations to children at an “Experiencing Psychology” event Friday, March 16 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota (224 Lamm St., Mankato).

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.
  • Night vision goggle demonstration that will show children how vision can change in different environments.

The event is a “first-of-its-kind” partnership between Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Psychology and the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota, said Karla Lassonde, associate professor of psychology at the University.

For more information, contact Lassonde by phone at 507-389-5827 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Psychology is part of the University’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,712 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

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