The Ageing and Dementia Group take Eyes, Genes and Brains to Brighton Science Festival

Feb

13

 

This weekend a group of academics from the Ageing and Dementia Group, School of Psychology at Sussex University will be getting involved at the Bright Sparks weekend as part of Brighton’s Science Festival. The group will present a stall focusing on the relationship between our genes and our mental abilities and how we can measure this using very simple physiological responses.

 

Interactive demonstrations will be available. The relationship between cognitive effort and pupil size will be elegantly demonstrated using eye-tracking software, with volunteers able to directly observe the relationship between effort on an attention measure and fluctuations in pupil size. Parents take on kids in the Rapid Visual Processing task challenge, a measure of how well we can sustain our attention across time. Through this, the group will demonstrate how our cognitive abilities change with age.

 

Additionally, the stall will feature arts and crafts for children, including origami DNA, inflatable double helixes and even the opportunity to create a hat that puts a brain on the outside of your skull. Hats come in adult sizes too.

 

We hope you all come along and bring the family to what we are sure will be a great weekend. The event will run from 10am til 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday, at Hove Park Upper School.

 

For more details visit the website: http://www.brightonscience.com/bright-sparks-weekend/

This post has been read 2496 times.

You must be logged in to comment on this post.