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Saturday, August 26

10 AM to 1 PM

Find your way to be creative in virtual reality!

Is creativity important? With the highly developed technologies around us today, more and more humans are being replaced by robots in the workplace.We may think that human thinking and creativity is not needed anymore. But there is at least one thing that humans do better than machines: CREATE!

 

ARE YOU CREATIVE? Most people don’t know for sure. In this study, You will be designing a wearable device in virtual reality and will get sound feedback from brainwaves.This study will increase our understanding of how creativity can be developed. 

 This study is a collaboration between the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and Mike Yang, visiting research scholar at the University of North Texas.


 

1 to 4 PM

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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 a nd 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.

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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 Museum's Noble Planetarium was the first planetarium to be named after a female astronomer, Charlie Mary Noble, a Fort Worth educator of math and astronomy.

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