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May 2, 2015

10 A.M. to 1 P.M.

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Investigating 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 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.

 


 

1 to 4 P.M.

How does vision affect our balance?

If you are standing up while you read this flyer, you are using balance! Balance helps us stand and move around without falling down. Have you ever noticed that it is harder to balance when your eyes are closed?  That’s because our eyes help our brains to know where we are in space, so that our brains can tell our body how to move.

Some people have a harder time balancing than others do. Scientists don’t know if that is because of how their brains control their bodies, or how their brains interpret what their eyes see.

This study will test the role of vision in postural control.  Participants will stand on a platform and balance while standing still or leaning.  The study will help in understanding how people use vision to help attain balance, and whether those with Autism Spectrum Disorder use vision differently than typically developing people.

 This study is a collaboration between Dr. Haylie Miller, Dr. Nicoleta Bugnariu, and PA Laura Mattingly (UNT Health Science Center) and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.

Fun Fact
The Museum School was one of the first museum preschools accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

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