CHILD MEMORY LAB

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Wilfrid Laurier University

BrainWorx, run in partnership with Laurier's Department of Psychology is a week-long day camp that takes place at Laurier where children participate in fun and informational themed activities each day to learn about the brain and body. Children are also invited to participate in a variety of research studies during their week at camp. This year, BrainWorx campers will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of experiments, crafts and games related to a specific theme (senses, reflexes/reactions, brain protection, memory and the importance of water) in addition to going rock climbing and swimming.

Dates:
Week 1: July 17 - 21 | $170 per child

Eligible Age Groups:
Group A: 6 - 7 years
Group B: 8 - 9 years


Location:
Waterloo campus


Camp Times:
8:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Additional Supervision Available:
Mornings (8 - 8:45 a.m.) OR Afternoons (4 - 5 p.m.) | $25 per child
Mornings (8 - 8:45 a.m.) AND Afternoons (4 - 5 p.m.) | $40 per child

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Registration for BrainWorx is closed - Thanks to everyone who joined us for our 2017 camp!

To register your child in BrainWorx, please complete the attached registration form below and forward it to Continuing Studies at Laurier. You can submit the completed form and payment online through Course Merchant or register In-Person with Continuing Studies.
            REGISTER ONLINE
 
 
IN-PERSON REGISTRATION

Continuing Studies is located at 202 Regina Street North, Waterloo (2nd floor, room R294, Centre for Teaching Excellence and Innovation). Their office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you experience any difficulty, they will be able to assist you in the payment process during their office hours
 

BRAINWORX 2017 STUDIES

Children’s use of a timeline in making temporal judgement for past events

Children who participate in BrainWorx camp (hereon referred to as 'The Camp') are invited to participate in this study. At the beginning of week two of the Camp, children will be individually interviewed about the activities and events they have experienced in week one of the Camp by a trained research assistant for approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Questions will be asked to be responded both verbally and using a timeline. The purpose of this study is to examine whether timelines, which are often used as a pictorial representation of time, could help children recall and identify the timing of past events.
The role of cultural background and executive functions on children's source monitoring memory and suggestibility

Your child will be invited to participate 2 sessions of interactive activities with other children (5-8 per group).  During the sessions, children will learn some important social skills (e.g., show empathy when others are sad), how to identify different emotions, and strategies to release stress (e.g., palm push, feel your heartbeat). At the end of each session, each child will be interviewed to examine how much they remember about the events. Overall, this study will examine children’s memory about life events and also help them manage their emotions and facilitate social skills.
Gait Response

This research study is aimed at discovering whether children can use memories of gait (individual walking patterns) to identify people. Children aged 7-11 years will be individually trained to remember the individual gait patterns of 2 people (one male, one female) in videos while wearing an eye-tracker. The eye-tracker will help show us where specifically the children are looking to gather information. Children will then see the same videos of each of these 2 people, one at a time and in random order, and asked to identify the person's gender based solely on their gait patterns. The study will take approximately 20 minutes in total, and is set up like a guessing game on a computer. The eye-tracker is completely harmless and fits just like a pair of glasses. Children who have participated in the past have enjoyed being a part of the study. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Jennifer Lawley at [email protected] or the Child and Memory Lab at (519) 884-0710 ex. 2871.

 

BRAINWORX STAFF:


Staff from Laurier's Psychology Department will be running BrainWorx this year. These people are highly trained, qualified individuals who have all had experience working with children.



*WITHDRAWL AND REFUND POLICY*


Please note that cancellation of your program anytime prior to Friday, June 23, 2017 will be subject to a 50% cancellation fee (of the program fee).

There will be no refund available for cancellations received after June 23, 2017

Notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to Continuing Studies in-person, by mail, or by email.