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October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

10 AM - 1 PM

What makes kids eat?

Have you ever wondered why you eat the foods you eat?

This study will look at hunger and children’s preferences for different snack foods. Children will taste some snacks, report how much they like them, and then answer some questions about themselves and their hunger. Parents will also complete questionnaires about their child and their child’s food preferences.

We are interested in learning about influences upon eating. We hope to better understand how and when children develop eating behaviors that we see in adulthood. 

This study is a collaboration between Randi Proffitt Leyva & Sarah Hill, Texas Christian University (r.proffittleyva@tcu.edu ), and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.



1 - 4 PM

Calm mind, calm body?

Have you ever noticed that when you are calm, you are better at paying attention and feel happier? Research shows that calming the mind through practices like mindfulness leads to better self-control and feelings of joy.

This study will examine the impact of mindfulness on children. Mindfulness means paying attention to the present moment. Children will listen to a guided recording that instructs them to pay attention to their breath and body. They will wear noise-cancelling headphones during the recording. Before and after, children will tell us how they are feeling. During the entire session, children will wear a wristband that provides information on how fast the heart is beating and the sweat coming from their skin. This information helps researchers determine how relaxed and engaged children are during the recording.
This study is a collaboration between Dr. Catherine Spann, University of Texas at Arlington (caspann@uta.edu ), and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.

Have you ever noticed that when you are calm, you are better at paying attention and feel happier? Research shows that calming the mind through practices like mindfulness leads to better self-control and feelings of joy.
This study will examine the impact of mindfulness on children. Mindfulness means paying attention to the present moment. Children will listen to a guided recording that instructs them to pay attention to their breath and body. They will wear noise-cancelling headphones during the recording. Before and after, children will tell us how they are feeling. During the entire session, children will wear a wristband that provides information on how fast the heart is beating and the sweat coming from their skin. This information helps researchers determine how relaxed and engaged children are during the recording.

This study is a collaboration between Dr. Catherine Spann, University of Texas at Arlington (caspann@uta.edu ), and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. 


 

 

 

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