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Visual Perception, Emotion, and Cognition Laboratory

Visual Perception, Emotion, and Cognition LaboratoryVisual Perception, Emotion, and Cognition Laboratory

Visual Perception, Emotion, and Cognition Laboratory

Outreach

The VPEC Lab gives demonstrations of vision science to elementary, middle-school, and high-school students. Dr. Sweeny, his lab members, and a team of graduate student volunteers from the University of Denver will visit your school and present hands-on, cutting-edge demonstrations of visual illusions and neuroscience research. We'll help your students to understand fascinating discoveries without being overly technical, highlighting that much of perception is actually rooted in the activity of the brain, not just the eyes. The purpose of this outreach program is not just to entertain, but to stimulate scientific curiosity, especially among science-averse students, showing them that their curiosities and interests are not only shared by scientists, but are scientific in nature. Also, students will have a chance to see what scientists do, first hand—an experience that is often available only in college. We will also provide your school with resources and training to incorporate parts of our program into your ongoing curricula, ensuring that your students will be able to enjoy this opportunity for years to come!

So far, we've conducted 29 events and interacted with over 2,600 students!

Upcoming events

 If you are interested, please contact Dr. Sweeny to schedule a visit.

See for yourself

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Support

Outreach events are made possible with collaboration from the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, the Center for Multicultural Excellence and the Pioneer Initiative for Outreach.