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10 - 1 PM

What leads to self-control?

Have you ever noticed that there is a sweet spot for self-control? You need energy to get things done, but you’re more impulsive when you’re really tired or really excited. Research shows that self-control is strongest when you’re right in the middle: calm and alert.

This study will measure your self-control. Both children and adults will play a self-control game on an iPad. Scores on the game will be based on a combination of accuracy and reaction time.

During this game, you will wear a wristband that gives the researchers information on how fast the heart is beating and the amount of sweat coming from the skin. This information helps researchers understand how calm and engaged you are during the self-control game.

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

1 - 4 PM

Building a meal: What makes children choose what they eat?

Have you ever wondered what makes our kids eat what they eat? Researchers have found that what we know about health and how easily we can get healthy food affects how we eat. But what makes kids choose food for a typical meal?

This study will look at parent and child factors that guide how children choose food for a typical meal. Children will build a meal using food models, and each will compare his or her meal to what is recommended for healthy eating. Body composition assessment (height, weight, and hip/waist measurements) will be offered, and parent feedback will supplement understanding of food accessibility. Researchers will provide and discuss information on U.S. guidelines for healthy eating.

This research will help us understand what affects children’s choice of food for a typical meal. We will use what we learn from this research to guide education on healthy eating for children and their parents.

This study is a collaboration between Dr. Carol Howe (, Dr. Gina Alexander, and Dr. Jada Stevenson at Texas Christian University and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.




The Art of Visual Note-Taking: Doodling for Comprehension

Join Michelle Yang, UNT visiting research scholar, for an engaging workshop that utilizes doodling as an amazing memory and comprehension strategy! Great for teachers, parents, students, presenters, and anyone who hopes to deepen understanding while retaining more information.

December 17, 10:30 - 12:30

Research and Learning Center

Reservations needed; contact

Limited to 20 participants



Fun Fact
The full length feature films over on the Quick Turn Reel Unit, added in Sept. 2005, can hold a two and a half hour movie, weighing in at over 700 pounds and stretching over 9 miles long!

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