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August 30, 2014
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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.

August 30, 2014
1 - 4 p.m.

Does playing video games help make us healthier and smarter?

Does your child play video games? Are you concerned about your child playing video games and their health, intelligence, and happiness?

RLC imageThis study aims to examine the relationship between health, well-being, physically interactive video games, and cognitive function among children. All children will be invited to play the Dance video games. Body composition assessment (height, weight, and skin fold measurements) will be provided for younger children, while older children will have the opportunity to self-report their perceptions of interactive video games. Parent feedback will supplement information on a child’s cognitive functions. Researchers will be available onsite to answer any questions that parents may have related to their children’s health and learning. Results of this study will be compiled to provide insight into potential relationships between physically interactive video games and children’s physical or cognitive well-being.

This study is a collaboration between Dr. Xiangli Gu, Dr. Lin Lin, and Dr. Tao Zhang of University of North Texas and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.














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