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November 29

10 AM to 1 PM

How does the human mind navigate large information networks?

Are humans better than machines at finding the shortest paths in information networks?
Although faced with huge amounts of information, humans are generally good at “connecting the dots” between concepts in information networks. However, research indicates that even machines that do not possess any background knowledge (like humans do) are able to find shorter paths than humans between concepts in information networks. 

This study aims to compare automatic vs. human navigation in the Wikipedia network of concepts.  We will record the number of clicks (i.e., the length of the path) needed by a participant to reach a target concept starting from a source concept. For two concepts, the number of clicks by humans and by machines will be compared to determine similarities and differences between automatic vs. human navigation.

This study is a collaboration between Dr. Cornelia Caragea, assistant professor at the University of North Texas, and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.


1 to 4 PM

Do we remember better when we take pictures?

RLC imageHave you taken a photo today?  If so, you’re not alone. Yahoo estimates that approximately 880 trillion photos will be taken this year.  From vacation sites to restaurant meals to selfies, the everyday details of our lives are documented through the convenience of digital devices.  Do these photos strengthen our recall of everyday events? 

This study will investigate whether photographing objects affects our memories.  Participants will photograph specific museum items, and will then be asked to recall information about those objects.  This study will underscore differences between human memory and the camera’s “memory”, and will provide insight into the influence that taking photos can have on our memories.

This study is a collaboration between Dr. Lin Lin, University of North Texas, the MBE Lab at the University of Texas at Arlington, and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.


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