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NOVEMBER 8:  Closed for Outreach Activities at the International Mind, Brain and Education Society Conference

November 1, 2014
10 AM to 1 PM


RLC - thinkerInvestigating the brain’s memory network
Human memory can be puzzling. Why do we remember some things and not others? Do we recall items listed first or last better than those in between?  How do our brains organize memories?   How accurate are our memories?

In working to answer questions such as these, researchers have theorized that our memories are organized in networks (see example below). As stored information is accessed, it is connected with related concepts to establish meaning. This study will focus on order a nd accuracy in memory through simple listening and recall activities. Modeled after the work of three distinguished psychologists*, the study aims to enhance understanding of our neural memory network.

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

*Deese, J.  (1959).  On the prediction of the occurrence of particular verbal intrusions in immediate recall.  Journal of Experimental Psychology, 58, 17-22.

*Roediger, H., and McDermott, K.  (1995).  Creating false memories:  remembering words not presented in lists.  Journal of Experimental Psychology:  Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 21, 803-814.

November 1, 2014
1 to 4 PM

Family game play and problem solving: Does technology change our roles?

RLC imageWhen solving problems collaboratively, children have traditionally listened more to their adults' suggestions, showing less power but more compliance. However, technology may be changing these family dynamics.  In today’s digital world, children are likely to be the technology “experts”, and are often both more literate and more confident in digital skills than adults. As technology becomes increasingly integrated into family life, are the dynamics of family decision making changing?

In this study, intergenerational participants will have the option of racing against each other or working as a team to master an online problem-solving game.  The study will look at the influence of technology on our family collaborations.

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

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