About Science Live

Images of the Science Live Space

Science Live is the innovative research program of NEMO Science Museum. It opens up the museum floor to real, publishable, peer-reviewed research, with NEMO visitors participating as experimental subjects.

NEMO feels that science centers and museums should not only be about displaying science, as interactive as that may be. An important aspect of NEMO’s mission is to enable visitors, young and old, to experience how scientific knowledge is acquired and how the scientific method works. By encouraging its visitors to be part of the scientific process itself, NEMO also becomes a place where scientific knowledge is generated. Its public becomes a contributing force in advancing science.

Science Live research till present:

  • Does music influence how we perceive different facial expressions?
  • Is intelligence in our genes?
  • Do facial expressions influence how old we judge a face to be?
  • Does music influence the way we look at images?
  • How can one measure user experience in quantifiable terms?
  • Is reading speed hereditary?
  • Are people who are perceived as having good self-control easier to forgive than those who are not?
  • How do we react to novelty?
  • How does the structure of language evolve?
  • Who is better at lying? Young or old?
  • How do compliments affect children’s motivation?
  • Do you know the way? Navigating in virtual reality
  • What is the role of our body in learning?
  • How sensitive are you to your environment?
  • The perception of body language by chimps and humans
  • Coincidence, luck or bad luck?
  • Can you tell how someone feels?
  • Can you distinguish real from fake laughter?
  • How good are you at multitasking?
  • Can you teach a computer to play Super Mario?
  • How does your body experience tactile and other illusions?
  • How fast can you react?
  • How fast can you speak?
  • How does your body respond to your parents’ emotions?
  • Can you tell how I feel by my facial expression?
  • Is reading via a screen different than reading via paper?
  • Do you trust me? How children trust or distrust each other
  • Mapping crowd patterns in NEMO
  • Does reward affect motor learning??
  • How do social media affect your views and opinions?
  • Can you influence your feelings by changing your thinking?
  • How strong are your reactions to a video clip?
  • How does blue smell? How does lemon juice sound?
  • A sentence in a sentence in a sentence in a sentence…. Are you up for it?
  • Test your brain in the virtual supermarket
  • How do you cope with stress?
  • Does boosting of self-kindness protect children against a stressful situation?

With thanks to all our participating Science Live researchers from:
University of Amsterdam
VU University Amsterdam
Utrecht University
Delft University of Technology
Tilburg University
Erasmus University Rotterdam
University of Groningen
Radboud University Nijmegen
University of Twente
University of Oxford
The University of Massachusetts
Univeritair Medisch Centrum Utrecht
Georgia Institute of Technology
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Universität Hamburg
Chinese University of Hong Kong
University College Roosevelt
Salland Electronics
Thales Research & Technology
Van Mierlo Ingenieursbureau


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