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Visit a chocolate factory and learn how to make chocolate candles! Host Sedge Thomson talks with chocolatiers, chefs, and scientists about the history and science of this intoxicating food. Can a question influence its answer? Discover the power of verbal overshadowing--ways in which words enhance or distract from different sensory memories. Dr. Schooler, Associate Professor of Cognitive Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and research scientist at the Learning Research and Development Center, will arrange a variety of sense-memory experiments, including wine-tasting and jellybean-tasting! What do you really remember? Dr. Jonathan Schooler and Dr. Elizabeth Loftus will discuss the highly controversial area of recovered memories. Dr. Schooler is Associate Professor of Cognitive Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and a research scientist at the Learning Research and Development Center. Dr. Loftus is Professor Psychology and Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Washington, Seattle. Can stress make you forget? Dr. Robert Sapolsky presents an overview of the disruptive effects of stress on memory and brain aging. Dr. Sapolsky, Professor of Neuroscience at Stanford University, is a MacArthur Fellow and author of numerous articles and books. Does your child remember the same things you do? Not necessarily. Children are as good or better than adults at remembering events, but have difficulty remembering how, when, and why they learn things. This has implications for issues from eyewitness testimony to recovered memories. Alison Gopnik is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. U.C. Berkeley Professor of Psychology Dr. Arthur Shimamura will discuss what we know about the effects of aging on human memory and its relation to Alzheimer's Disease. Find out how the brain stores and retrieves information, and learn new techniques that may help improve your memory. This episode of Sedge Thomson's West Coast Live radio show explores the places where science and entertainment intersect. In this broadcast: Singer-songwriter John Gorka; Bert Grant, founder of Grant's Brewery; a view from the studio of artist Meredith Tromble; author of "Fisherman's Son" Michael Koepf. This episode of Sedge Thomson's West Coast Live radio show explores the places where science and entertainment intersect. In this broadcast: Ethan Canin, author of "For Kings and Planets"; Exploratorium artist Brenda Hutchinson; Michael Dibdin, author of the Aurelio Zen mysteries; Cajun accordion dynamo Geno Delafose; singer-songwriter Deborah Pardes; radio improvisation from True Fiction Magazine.
Exploratorium Senior Scientist Mary Miller presents audio dispatches from the "Review of the Causes and Consequences of Cold Events: A La Nina Summit" held in Boulder, Colorado. The workshop was presented by The United Nations University, The National Center for Atmospheric Research, and the United Nations Environment Program. Exploratorium Senior Science Writer Mary Miller presents audio dispatches and selected lectures from the "Review of the Causes and Consequences of Cold Events: A La Nia Summit" held in Boulder, Colorado. The workshop was presented by The United Nations University, The National Center for Atmospheric Research, and the United Nations Environement Program.