Discover how the mind works at the Science Museum

When it comes to learning and discovery, London is like a bottomless treasure-chest of information, with so many fascinating museums and other sites to explore, all of which are bursting with stories about history, science, art and more.

The Science Museum, for example, is one of the most prestigious establishments of its kind in the world, and is the perfect place to come if you’re looking to fuel your curiosity about the nature of the universe while visiting London.

With a host of fantastic exhibitions staged throughout the year – not to mention an amazing permanent collection of artefacts relating to just about every aspect of science – it’s sure to contain something to interest visitors of all ages, and if you happen to be perplexed by the workings of the human mind then you may well want to check out the museum’s current display.

Entitled Mind Maps: Stories from Psychology, this collection of medical items, archive images and artwork aims to shed light on the history of mental illness, looking at how certain conditions have been viewed and treated over the past 250 years.

As well as explaining how different afflictions came to be diagnosed, the exhibit also provides an insight into the techniques that have been used by psychologists down the years, with controversial methods like Electroconvulsive Therapy – which involves subjecting patients to high-voltage electric shocks – being explained in detail.

Budding brain surgeons will also be able to learn all about modern treatments such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, thus completing the picture of the history of psychology.

The Science Museum is located on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, which is just a short way from the Montcalm Hotel and is also home to the Natural History Museum and the Victory and Albert Museum.

Mind Maps: Stories from Psychology is set to run until August 12th.

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