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April 29th, 2015
7:00-8:30 PM

Schlafly Bottleworks, Maplewood, MO

Ninety-nine Bottles of Beer on the Wall?
Why the one near your hand is better
(plus other findings from WU's Attention and Performance Lab)

Department of Psychology

Moderated by: Cynthia Wichelman, M.D.

Richard A. Abrams, Ph.D.

Recent research on visual perception has shown that we see things near our hands differently. We focus more intently on objects near the hands, and we process aspects of them uniquely. These changes occur presumably because we can potentially touch them and pick them up. I'll review research from my lab and others that reveals the special status that the brain gives to objects that are within reach. Taken together, the research shows why you can pick up a bottle of beer (usually) without knocking something over or spilling the beer.

Science On Tap highlighted on St. Louis Public Radio and Voice of America!

Science On Tap is a place where, for the price of a beverage, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place outside a traditional academic context, in the Crown Room at Schlafly Bottleworks.

Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month during the academic year, usually from 7:00 - 8:30 PM. The standard format is as follows: about 45 minutes of presentation, followed by discussion until 8:30 PM. Seating is strictly limited to the first 120 people.  No reservations accepted.

Crown Room at the Schlafly Bottleworks
7260 Southwest Ave.
Maplewood, MO 63143
(314) 241-2337

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For more information: e-mail scienceontap@wustl.edu
or call (314) 935-9495

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