Fifty Finley Elementary 4th and 5th graders visited UCI's School of Education Working Memory and Plasticity (WMP) Lab on May 28, following a tour of the UCI campus. During the students' WMP visit, lab managers Kimia Akhavein and Francesca Trane made a short presentation explaining the lab's research agenda, and then engaged the students in various activities to illustrate the type of cognitive training interventions that lab researchers are studying. Post-doctoral researcher Dr. Grace Lin and undergraduate research assistants Hanita Le, Christopher Ngov, Charlie Li, Christy Tran, Marsha Choc, and Brandon Fujishima contributed to the presentation and activities.
Associate Professor Susanne Jaeggi, WMP Director, regularly invites area students to UCI to help foster relationships between the lab and area schools. Finley Elementary School, a computer science magnet school in Westminster, is one of the elementary schools partnering with the WMP lab. This past month WPM lab members conducted a cognitive training intervention at Finley to promote kindergartner's math and memory performance, a project being conducted in collaboration with the University of Maryland, College Park.