Investigate The Connection Between Muscles And Memory At New Neuroscience Exhibit

by | Sep 10, 2015

Next Installment of Memory: Past Meets Present Opens Sept. 19

SEATTLE, WA (September 10, 2015) – How do your muscles learn to ride a bike, shoot a basketball or play the piano? In Memory: Past Meets Present, dive into the science behind how your brain retains information and explore how practicing a specific action many times teaches your body to do physical tasks.

How do we remember? Why do we forget? We are able to learn because we are able to remember. We learn abstract facts, we learn new skills, and we learn from experience.  But what have we learned so far about the three-pound organ in our heads that makes this all possible? In the new installment of Memory: Past Meets Present investigate how the brain retains information on repetitive actions your body preforms and becomes commonly known as “muscle memory”. Known as procedural memory by scientists, test your own memory with a “save-the-prince” interactive game, and see if you can use your procedural memory to play a simple song on a keyboard. Meet UW graduate students working on a project called “vHAB” that could help patients relearn muscle movements after disease or injuries; then play a vHAB video game that uses sensitive motion-tracking technology to read your muscle movements.

The next installment of Memory: Past Meets Present will be on display in the Portal to Current Research September 19, 2015 through March 6, 2016. This exhibit is made possible by a grant from The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.

Pacific Science Center began as the United States Science Pavilion during the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. Millions came to explore the wonders of science during the World’s Fair and upon closing ceremonies, the Science Pavilion was given new life as the private not-for-profit Pacific Science Center, becoming the first U.S. museum founded as a science and technology center. On July 22, 2010 Pacific Science Center was declared a City of Seattle Landmark. On October 22, 2012 Pacific Science Center celebrated 50 years of inspiring curiosity, creativity and critical thinking for people of all ages throughout Washington and guests from around the world.

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Contact: Katelyn Del Buco
Pacific Science Center, Seattle
(206) 269-5728
kdelbuco@pacsci.org

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