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Brain Day

Join us to celebrate our unique and intriguing brain!

Thursday, February 24, 7 p.m.

A. Paul Schaap Science Center, Auditorium 1000 35 E. 12th St. Holland, MI 49423

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Sports psychology – Neurocognitive Kinesiology

  • Dr. Matthew PontifexDr. Matthew Pontifex’s primary research interest is in the area of developmental neurocognitive kinesiology, examining the relation between health-oriented behaviors and higher-order cognitive function during preadolescence; and the application of these health-oriented behaviors as a means for improving cognitive health, academic performance and overall effective functioning during maturation. To date, his examination of these relationships has utilized both behavioral and neuroelectric measures to focus on the influence of acute as well as chronic aspects of physical activity upon developmental neurocognition, with a particular interest in the modulation of cognitive control. Future research will continue to investigate how aspects of health-oriented behaviors modulate the maturation of neural networks underlying aspects of cognitive control in the normal preadolescent population as well as within children suffering from cognitive and attentional disorders.

Saturday, February 26, 9 a.m.–noon

Brain Day!

All ages welcome

Rotate through activities ranging from brain puzzles and painting plaster brains, to examining animal brains, to a remote human to human interface, to a tour of our Van Kley Animal Museum, along with discussions of improving sports performance through neuroscience. 

No registration required.

9 a.m.–noon
Hope College Schaap Science Center
35 E 12th St. Downtown Holland