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Second Look

Connecticut Science Center’s identity exhibit

HARTFORD — Why do we look the way we do? Why do we think the way we do? And how do others affect who we are? These questions are at the core of an interactive exhibition at the Connecticut Science Center through April 21. Designed and developed by the Franklin Institute, “Identity: An Exhibition of You” focuses on how science can shed light on three areas of our identity: physical, psychological, and social. Visitors can look at their own fingerprints, see their personality as a musical spectrum, investigate where the brain stores identity, and map social connections. They can explore the differences between male and female brains, see themselves as a different race or gender, or see what their future selves might look like, based on decisions they make today. A “rapid implicit association test” is designed to probe for biases.

“It’s an exhibit that starts conversations,” said Tracy Shirer, director of marketing and public relations.

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