New exhibition at the Science Gallery: Risk Lab – are you feeling lucky?

The Science Gallery in Dublin has been transformed into a virtual casino for its latest show, Risk Lab. Visitors can expect to learn more about their perception of risk and the psychology and maths behind games such as roulette and poker. The goal is to help give people a deeper understanding of risk-taking in every aspect of their lives.

The exhibition opened on the  2nd May, and the free show is set to run until 23rd June at the Science Gallery on Pearse Street.

The theme of the exhibition is about exploring risk, coincidence, probability and chance, while visitors will also be able to engage in live experiments using custom-built slot machines and the 'Scare Booth'. This is where people will step inside a booth enveloped in darkness and their physical responses to risk will be tested.

Psychology researchers at both NUI Galway and Trinity College Dublin (TCD) have helped put the exhibition together, in addition to IBM Research.

Risk Lab is co-curated by the statistician David Spiegelhalter, who is the Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk at Cambridge University, and RTÉ presenter and maths researcher Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, who is engaged in a PhD at Trinity College Dublin (TCD).
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