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Senior Mondays

The First Monday of Each Month

Lots of science fun!
Lots of science fun!
Explore the exhibits!
Explore the exhibits!
Enjoy a lecture!
Enjoy a lecture!

The first Monday of every month, seniors 65 and better can enjoy the Science Center exhibits, a show in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater and a lecture on the quietest day of the month for only $8! No coupons or additional discounts are accepted. The Fleet's doors will open at 9:30 a.m. on the first Monday each month to get Senior Monday started early.

Lecture Series for Adults
Join local scientists to learn about a variety of topics as they share their latest research in a friendly and exciting environment. Lectures begin at 10:30 a.m. and will be held in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater.

The lecture is free with purchase of the noon theater ticket. Tickets are required to attend the lecture and can be requested at the Ticket Counter. Visitors are encouraged to stay to enjoy the galleries and special senior discounts in Galileo’s Café and the North Star Science Store.


SCHEDULE:

 

Date: February 1

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Noon Theater Show: Dolphins

Lecture Topic: The Mind of the Dolphin: Studies of an Alien Intelligence

Understanding the intelligence of nonhumans presents many challenges. Dolphins—with their large brains, complex social lives and elaborate vocal repertoire—are particularly intriguing. By assessing species-specific perceptual and motor constraints, examining the task demands of natural behavior like food-finding, social interaction and reviewing problem-solving performance in the lab, we can begin to get a sense of the cognitive abilities of these fascinating, aquatic mammals.

Bio:
Dr. Johnson teaches in the Department of Cognitive Science at UC San Diego. Her research has long focused on animal cognition, conducting studies of communication and social cognition in chimpanzees, elephants and dolphins. Besides helping to develop a better understanding of the animals themselves, this work has also informed comparative models of human cognitive evolution.

 

Date: March 7

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Noon Theater Show: Coral Reef Adventure

Lecture Topic: Noisy Neurons in Cognitive Aging

Why do many cognitive functions seem to decline as we get older? Often peaking in the late teens and early 20s, our ability to remember appears to worsen with age. One dominant hypothesis for this is what's known as the "neural noise" hypothesis, which states that the neurons in our brain that are responsible for maintaining our cognitive abilities get "noisier" as we get older.

Bio:
Bradley Voytek is an assistant professor in the Department of Cognitive Science at UC San Diego. He received his PhD from UC Berkeley and was a post-doctoral fellow at UCSF. His research centers around the computational role that neural oscillations play in coordinating information transfer in the brain. His research program combines large-scale data mining and machine learning techniques with hypothesis-driven experimental research. He is also known for his zombie brain “research” with his friend and fellow neuroscientist Timothy Verstynen, with whom he has published the book Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep?, by Princeton University Press. He blogs at Oscillatory Thoughts and is active on Twitter as @bradleyvoytek.