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Exhibition aims to dissect fear with haunted house

MIND OVER MATTER:Curators of the event are hoping to highlight how people are scared by certain factors and to understand why they react the way they do

By Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

An exhibition titled Institute of Fear — Science of a Haunted House was opened to the public yesterday at the National Taiwan Science Education Center in Taipei.

The exhibition tour starts off in a pleasant household setting, but visitors soon find themselves in a haunted house with dank passageways, filled with unexpected and spooky surprises waiting to spring out at them at the next corner, coming from the living room, the bedroom, bathroom or even the kitchen.

The exhibition is a collaborative work created by Japan’s Fuji Television Network and the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, and was brought to the center yesterday for a three-month period until Sept. 2.

The tour includes a sequence of four exhibition areas — the “experience” area stimulates people’s fear by leading them through a haunted house setting filled with scary interactive devices, while the “learning” area explains the scientific theories behind the emotion, such as why people feel scared, how they react, the relation between memory and fear experiences, and how to control your fear.

The “observation” area allows visitors to observe other visitors getting scared in the haunted house, and the “experiment” area provides a hands-on opportunity for visitors to control the devices to scare other people.

“People tend to often have feelings of fear, which is an inevitable emotion that we inherited from birth. The exhibition utilizes devices made with the latest technology and the applied situational factors that produce fear in the settings, to give the visitors the scariest possible experience,” the center said, quoting the words from the curator at Fuji Television Network.

Other than the excitement of being scared and scaring other people, the exhibition also reveals the scientific explanations behind people’s fears, the center’s director Chu Nan-shyan (朱楠賢) said, adding that this blend allows the exhibition to provide an unique experience with educational meaning to the visitors.

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