Living Lab

The Joseph Moore Museum is Earlham’s on-campus museum. It hosts different events throughout the semester like Brain Explorers. Brain Explorers is an event where students provide hands-on exploration stations of the brain and nervous system. This year, we participated by having our disgust station. It was all part of our living lab model that connects the public more directly to the research process. Visitors are invited to participate in our ongoing studies. The disgust exhibit teaches visitors about some purposes of disgust (to keep us safe from things that could harm us), the difference between physical and moral disgust, and our body’s response when we feel disgust. Visitors then get to smell a variety of odors, some of which are nice and some of which are, well, disgusting! There is a mirror so that visitors can look at their facial expression when they find the gross smells!

Rachael Reavis