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April 19
10 am - 1pm

Can a child’s innate number sense predict his success on more complex math tasks?
RLC imageResearch shows that children have an approximate number system which allows them to estimate and mentally manipulate the approximate number of items within a set. Can a measure of a person’s approximate number system predict his success on a more complex math game?

This study will analyze children’s approximate number systems, or numerosity skills, within in the context of a game.  After a child’s approximate number system skills are measured, he will be challenged to apply his numerosity skills in playing a more difficult math game.  Results of the study will help educators better understand the role of the approximate number system in complex math problems.

This study is collaboration between Dr. Evie Malaia, assistant professor at  the University of Texas at Arlington, and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.

April 19
1 pm - 4pm

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 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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