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Saturday, June 24

10 AM to 1 PM 

Do your words influence your child's learning?

Parents spend a lot of time actively teaching their children, but even when we are not teaching, children are learning. Can seemingly insignificant differences in the everyday words we use with our children impact their vocabulary and even their learning in seemingly unrelated areas?

To answer this question, participants will be recorded playing with their parents after which they will play a learning game and a word matching game. The words used during the play session will be compared to the responses in the learning and vocabulary games to investigate whether the types of words parents use are related to the words the child uses and to their responses on the games they play with the researcher.

This study is a collaboration between the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and Yvonne Ralph, a PhD student in Dr. Mandy Maguire’s Developmental Neural Linguistics Lab at the University of Texas at Dallas.

1 to 4 PM

ARE YOU SURE? Investigating the brain's memory networks

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 and 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.

 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.




Fun Fact

The OMNI sound system has 50 speakers, driven by 8 amplifiers that produce over 24,000 watts of sound through 6 channels and a giant sub-bass stack to give the audience that “you are there” feeling.

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