February 2019 RLC Schedule

February 9 and February 16: 10 AM to 4 PM

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.

*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.

Do your words influence your child’s learning?

Parents spend a lot of time actively teaching their children, but even when we are not teaching, children are learning. Can seemingly insignificant differences in the everyday words we use with our children impact their vocabulary and learning even in areas that appear to be unrelated?

To answer this question, participants will be recorded playing with their parents, after which they will play a learning game and a word matching game. The words used during the play session will be compared to the responses in the learning and vocabulary games to investigate whether the types of words parents use are related to the words in the children’s everyday vocabulary.

This study is a collaboration between the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and Yvonne Ralph, a PhD student in Dr. Mandy Maguire’s Developmental Neural Linguistics Lab at the University of Texas at Dallas. www.utdallas.edu/bbs/brainlab

Sensory Aware Saturday
Saturday, March 2 | 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Sensory Aware Saturday is an opportunity for families of individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities to explore the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History in a safe, understanding environment. The event is free for these individuals and their families, but registration is required.

This exclusive event will:

  • Offer a comfortable, accepting atmosphere.
  • Encourage parents to make connections with other families.
  • Provide activities facilitated by therapists.
  • Connect families with supportive resources.


  • Doors will be closed to the general public.
  • Light and sound levels will be reduced.
  • Stars Café will be closed. Bring your own snacks if needed.
  • Quiet Room will be available at all times.
  • Attendance will be limited to 600 guests.

Download the social story here to prepare for you visit.

Registration is required to attend Sensory Aware Saturday. Register now






Sponsored by
Lockheed Martin

in collaboration with
Autism Speaks
Cook Children's Child Study Center
Hope Center for Autism
Lake Pointe Academy
TCU Families, Austism, and Child emotion (FACES) Lab
UNT Technology and Applied Research in Autism (TARA) Lab
University of North Texas Health Science Center