APA and Boston’s Museum of Science team up for psychology exhibit at USA Science Expo

Interactive exhibit educates children and adults about cognitive development research.

The American Psychological Association and the Museum of Science, Boston, are collaborating in sponsoring an exhibit on “The Science of Kids: Ask, Play, Learn!” at the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo, to be held April 28-29, 2012, in Washington, DC.

The exhibit will feature interactive tasks used in cognitive development experiments with young children. Videos produced for the exhibit will provide additional information about psychological research on cognitive development. Graduate students from universities in the Washington DC area will staff the exhibit, engaging visitors of all ages in the tasks and answering their questions about psychological research.

The exhibit is an extension of the Museum’s Living Laboratory, in which Boston area child development researchers conduct studies and discuss their work with the public. The experimental tasks to be demonstrated in the Expo exhibit are drawn from the laboratory of Laura Schulz, an MIT faculty member and Museum collaborator.  The tasks have been used in studies of how children think about physical objects and how they make inferences on the basis of language.  

The Expo will include over 500 exhibits sponsored by academic institutions, government agencies, professional societies, and corporations. As one of the few exhibits highlighting behavioral science research, the exhibit developed by APA and the Museum of Science aims to convey the message that it is possible to study human thought and behavior scientifically. 

The previous Expo, held in Washington in 2010, drew over 200,000 visitors, including a large proportion of children. APA’s exhibit at the 2010 Expo highlighted research on psychology and the environment.

If you live in the Washington area or are visiting that weekend, APA and the Museum of Science invite you to attend the Expo and stop by the exhibit. Admission is free.

  • USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo

  • Sat., April 28, 2012, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Sun., April 29, 2012, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

  • Walter E. Washington Convention Center (map)
    801 Mount Vernon Place, NW
    Washington, D.C. 20001
    Closest Metro station:  Mt. Vernon Sq/7th St. - Convention Center (Green/Yellow lines)

  • Exhibit location:  Hall B, Booth Number 2715.