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Saturday, April 29

Can your listening environment impact your spatial ability?

Most people perform spatial tasks every day. Does the listening environment impact the performance on these tasks? Our previous studies indicated that a significant number of individuals had stronger productivity on a simple math task when listening to Cuban dance music than when working in silence. However, results on a language task showed little difference between listening conditions. Is spatial work influenced by music?

The purpose of this study is to explore the impact of the listening environment during a spatial task. Participants will complete the task during four different auditory conditions: silence, white noise, and two different musical selections. Results will be compared between conditions, and each participant will be able to determine if the listening environment has affected his/her own task performance.

This study is a collaboration between the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and Dr. Lin Lin, Associate Professor at the University of North Texas. The study is conducted in conjunction with the MBE Lab at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Saturday, May 6

10 AM to 4 PM

• Explore a weather balloon and other current and historical weather instruments. 

• What does an emergency supply kit really need?

See examples and explore a NOAA weather radio. Take away models and the beginnings of your own emergency supply kit. (Dr. Chris Parker, TWU)

• How do flash floods occur?

Test various materials for water runoff and discover which materials may help prevent flooding. (Dr. Ann Foss, UTA)

 • What-a-Cycle!

What is the water cycle, and how does it work? (Dennis Cain, NOAA) 

• What was your worst storm experience?

Share your own story on videocamera!(Nick Bontrager, TCU)

 • Disaster response: How would you communicate in a disaster?

(Dr. Cornelia Caragea, UNT)

  • Hear from storm survivors! (Nick Bontrager, TCU)


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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