The Neuroscience Initiative at PEM has been made possible by a generous grant from the Barr Foundation.
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In addition, PEM would like to acknowledge and thank all those who partnered with and contributed to the Neuroscience Initiative. Carl Marci and the team at Nielsen Consumer Neuroscience collaborated on the first ever in-gallery biometrics pilot study at PEM. We thank Geoff Gill and the team at Shimmer Inc., who were instrumental collaborators in running the first full-fledged in-gallery neuroscience studies at PEM. Karen Kramer, Curator of Native American and Oceanic Art and Culture, and Sarah Kennel, The Byrne Family Curator of Photography, helped to formulate relevant and testable hypotheses for studies performed in exhibitions they curated. Bridget Devlin, evaluation and interpretation planner, continues to provide invaluable input to study design and execution. Dave Seibert, director of exhibition design, and his team aided in the planning and execution of the neuroscience studies. Special thanks goes to Dan Lohnes, director of security, and the security staff as well as Matt Wilding, director of guest experience, and the guest experience team for accommodating in-gallery testing during several changing exhibitions. Derek O’Brien, director of creative services; Caroline Herr, digital media designer; Kathy Fredrickson, chief of curatorial affairs; and Rebecca Bednarz, exhibition research and publishing editor, were critical to the launch of this website.