Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:
Type of Events Held:
- University students
Approximate Number of People Reached:
Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:
We held a one-evening activity for the living-learning center of the Indiana University School of Public Health. The activity focused on prism adaptation, and we brought 4 pairs of goggles with Fresnel press-on prisms. 6 undergraduates came to participate. We started by having a volunteer undergo prism adaptation by throwing balls into a box while wearing the goggles, and we explained how the brain undergoes visuomotor adaptation. Then we let the students try different motor actions with the goggles, such as two students playing catch while each wearing goggles, and eventually we experimented with shifting the press-on prisms in different ways to see if it was still possible to adapt. The students seemed to most enjoy experimenting with the prisms themselves, placing them in odd configurations to see how their visual perception and visuomotor coordination was affected. We achieved our goal of exposing undergraduates in the LLC to brain science, however we had less attendance than expected, possibly due to limited advertising and scheduling the event in a week when many students had midterms.
Event Planning & Publicity
Publicity Methods Used:
Of the Dana Foundation publications/resources distributed at your event(s), if any, please indicate the three most popular. Please choose up to three. If "other," please indicate below:
- Q&A: Answering Your Questions About Brain Research
- BAW Pencils and Erasers
Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?
- BAW Logos
Feedback & Keys to Success
Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:
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