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Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear

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Why do our hearts race, our knees shake, and our bodies sweat when we are scared? "Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear," a new exhibit developed by the California Science Center and supported in part by the National Science Foundation, explores this universal emotion that can save our lives. Through fun, interactive challenges, guests can experience fear in a safe environment and discover the science behind their physical and emotional responses.

"Goose Bumps!" is scheduled to travel to science centers across the nation on a five-year tour. The 6,000 square-foot exhibit includes immersive environments and full-body, interactive experiences that allow guests to test their own fears and rate their physiological responses. Leading scientists and their current research on the neurobiology, physiology and psychology of fear are also featured throughout the exhibit.

To learn more about the exhibit or for schedule information, visit



Credit: Leroy Hamilton