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February 4, 11, 18, March 4

10 AM to 4 PM

Which storybooks are best for word learning?

Reading to children is a great way to increase their language abilities, but have you ever wondered which storybooks are most helpful for word learning?

This study will investigate which types of storybooks are best for teaching children new and difficult vocabulary words.  Children will listen to an adult read a fun and engaging storybook that contains a few new vocabulary words. After the story, researchers will find out how many of the words the child learned. Children will play a quick language game on an iPad to identify which language abilities relate to which type of word learning. This study will help researchers determine how well different types of storybook pictures help children learn new words. 

*This study is a collaboration between Dr. Mandy Maguire (, and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.

March 4

9 AM to noon or 1 to 4 PM

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The Art of Visual Notetaking: 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.

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10 AM to 4 PM


Join Dr. Haylie Miller to participate in research designed to increase our understanding of autism. Learn more about autism and DFW opportunities for autistic individuals from University of North Texas Health Science students who join Dr. Miller in the RLC!

How does vision help your balance?

If you are standing up while you read this information, you are using balance! Balance helps us stand and move around without falling down. Have you ever noticed that it is harder to balance when your eyes are closed?  That’s because our eyes help our brains to know where we are in space, so that our brains can tell our body how to move.

Some people have a harder time balancing than others do. Scientists don’t know if that is because of how their brains control their bodies, or how their brains interpret what their eyes see.

This study will test the role of vision in postural control.  Participants will stand on a platform and balance while standing still or leaning.  The study will help in understanding how people use vision to help attain balance, and whether those with Autism Spectrum Disorder use vision differently than typically developing people.

This study is a collaboration between Dr. Haylie Miller, Dr. Nicoleta Bugnariu, and PA Laura Mattingly (UNT Health Science Center) and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.


Fun Fact

The OMNI sound system has 50 speakers, driven by 8 amplifiers that produce over 24,000 watts of sound through 6 channels and a giant sub-bass stack to give the audience that “you are there” feeling.

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