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Brainfest 2017


Dates:  18–19 May, 22–26 May (Schools and organised groups)
 20–21 May, 27–28 May (Public)
Time: 10am – 6pm
Venue:  Science Centre Singapore
Fee:  Free (Activities for Brain Fest are free. Science Centre admission fees apply when applicable)
Target group:
Suitable for students from upper primary and above, and general public

Caught red-minded: Lie detection with multimodal neuroimaging techniques


Science Centre, in collaboration with BRAND’S ®, proudly presents Brain Fest 2017!

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Our Activities Include:

1. Mass escape game: Crime City
2. Gallery Trail at Tuning in Brain & Body Exhibition (Self-guided) [Weekday school groups only]
3. Workshop: Firearms Analyses [Weekday school groups only]

Our Talks Include:

a. Identifying deception: Truth or lie?
b. Telling right from wrong: Insights from Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience
c. Caught red-minded: Lie detection with multimodal neuroimaging techniques


Registration for Event and Contact for Enquiries

For enquiries, please contact Charissa ( at 6425 2789 or Nura ( at 6425 2441.

For school registration, please email this booking form to

For public registration, please email this booking form to

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1. Crime City (Mass Escape Game)

Venue: Marquee
Duration: 1.5h (including pre- and post- activity briefing)
Suitable for Primary 5 and above, general public

A series of murder has occurred with the intention to challenge the city’s police department. The criminal is still on the loose. As a final challenge to your forensics team, he has abducted the Chief Police and has given your team 45 minutes to find him before he does something nasty to the Chief. Are you able to piece together the clues from the crime scenes and save your Chief from his evil clutches?

In this mass escape game, you will be tested on the following soft skills to save your Chief:
- Logical reasoning
- Focus and alertness
- Perception
- Keen observation
- Instinct and reaction time
- Inferential skill
- Problem-solving

Weekday  Weekend
Please refer to school registration form for package details 11 am
12.30 pm
2 pm
3.30 pm
5 pm

Note: Weekend slots will be opened to the public. However, schools may also book those slots
This is a team-based game, each team can comprised a maximum of 5 members. Please form a group before registration.

2. Gallery Trail (Self-Guided)

*Only for weekday school groups

Venue: Tuning in: Brain and Body Exhibition
Recommended duration: 30 -50 min (Trail booklet provided)

If we line up all the neurons in our brain, it will stretch to about 1000 km! That is longer than travelling from one end of Singapore to the other. These cells are one of the crucial component in helping us to understand and interact with our surroundings. Yet, while we understand how neurons fire up signals to exchange information, the intricacies of the connections to allow us to process information still baffle scientists.

Join us in our gallery trail that will bring you through the sections of “Tuning in: Brain and Body” exhibition as we learn about the brain and advances in neural research.

1. Your thinking brain
2. Your 21st century brain
3. Your changing brain
4. Your emotional brain
5. Your sensing brain

The self-exploratory nature of this exhibition allows participants to interact and play with the exhibits. Explanations are provided through our complementary panels and our Brain Explora mobile app.

3. Workshop: Firearms Analyses

*Only for weekday school groups

Venue: DNA Laboratories
Duration: 45 min
Capacity: 120 students (40 students per lab)
A minimum of 30 students is required to have the workshop only for your school. Otherwise, there might be a mixed school group in the session.

Suitable for Primary 5 and above. Content will be adjusted depending on the class level.

Ever imagined yourself solving major crimes like crime scene investigators? Your chance is here! Our lab urgently needs your help to solve a real shooting case in a quiet neighbourhood. Be involved in hands-on experiments that detect gun powder and determine trajectories of bullets at the crime scene. Arm yourself with intriguing knowledge in firearms, bullets and much more at the forensic lab of Science Centre Singapore! Prime yourself now and unleash the detective in you!
Please refer to school registration form for package with workshops.

Talks and Hands-On Activities by Scientists @ “Scientist-for-a-Day”

Schedule of talks

Date Time Duration Venue Presenter Topic Partner
20 May, Sat  11.30am 45 min - 1 h Scientist-for-a-Day Roy Tan, Jeslyn Lim Identifying deception: truth or lie?  SfN Chapter
27 May, Sat 11.30am  25 - 40 min Scientist-for-a-Day   Lim Ziqiang Julian  Telling right from wrong: Insights from psychology and cognitive neuroscience SfN Chapter
27 May, Sat  2.30pm 40 min Scientist-for-a-Day  Dr Eric Ng,
Dr Cisy Liu
Caught red-minded: Lie detection with multimodal neuroimaging techniques SfN Chapter


a) Identifying deception: Truth or lie?

Join us in a fun and mind-boggling journey and learn how con-artists make you trust them. Hone your “deception detecting” skills and study the way they talk, behave and their expression in order to avoid falling for their crafty scams.

Our speakers:

Roy Tan
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Masters in Strategic Marketing
ASEAN Commercial Head
Safety Science & Technology Company
Underwriters Laboratories

Jeslyn Lim
Managing Director, Mind Culture
Developmental Psychologist and Certified Hypnotist
Certified Practitioner of Integral Eye Movement Therapy (IEMT)
Full Member of Singapore Psychological Society (SPS)
Vice President of Association of Psychotherapy & Counsellors Singapore (APACS)
Assisted Singapore Police Force in their investigative work

b) Telling right from wrong: Insights from Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience

We are different in how we judge right from wrong due to reasoning. It can also stem from emotions or other factors that are completely out of our awareness. In this short talk, we’ll discuss some of the contributors to moral judgment that may lead to bad decisions, have a look at some of the brain circuitry involved in moral decision-making and re-evaluate the notion of whether we can truly be fair judges in moral situations.

Our speaker:

Julian Lim
Assistant Professor in Neurosciences and Behavioural Disorders
Duke-NUS Medical School
Principal Investigator of Neuroergonomics and Cognition Laboratory
B.S. in Psychology (Neuroscience), Duke University

c) Caught red-minded: Lie detection with multimodal neuroimaging techniques

Most of us lie at some point in our life. Usually harmless or even beneficial in everyday social encounters, this seemingly trivial act of deception can lead to undesirable consequences in the wrong circumstances, as in many legal and security settings. Such prevalence and potential impact of lies makes its reliable detection an important topic for research and application.

For the best solution, it seems only natural to probe directly into our brain, where deception originates. Thanks to the advent of neuroimaging methods, scientists have gained enormous understanding of brain functions and have derived amazing techniques to decipher simple mental states.

Are we now ready to tackle a more complex challenge in lie detection? In this session, we will introduce how researchers infer brain function using neuroimaging and experimental designs, how they detect deception based on these principles, and how one should interpret claims of successful lie detection, and in general 'mind-reading', with neuroimaging sensibly.

Our speakers:

Cisy Liu
Research Fellow, Multimodal Neuroimaging
Neuropsychiatric Disorders Lab, Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience
Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore
Masters in Cognitive Neuroscience, University of York in UK
PhD in Psychology, National University of Singapore.

Eric Ng
Research Fellow, Multimodal Neuroimaging
Neuropsychiatric Disorders Lab, Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience
Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore
Masters in Psychology, Chinese University of Hong Kong
PhD in Psychology, National University of Singapore

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