Teens test parents' brains during UCLA course for budding neuroscientists

UCLA Health article
Outfitted in lab coats, stethoscopes and UCLA badges, local teens between the ages of 12 to 17 will learn how to perform a neurological exam by practicing on willing guinea pigs: their parents. Parents will also don "concussion goggles," which simulate the double vision and poor balance of a sports-related brain injury and will attempt to play catch and walk in a straight line while wearing the distorted lenses.
The neurological exam will include:
  • Testing knee-jerk reflexes with a rubber hammer.
  • Shining a penlight into each eye to measure pupil response.
  • Sounding a tuning fork near each ear to test hearing.
  • Measuring blood pressure with an arm cuff and stethoscope.
Co-sponsored by the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery and the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center, the practice exam is part of a two-day course designed to teach students from local middle and high schools about the brain and to pique their interest in careers in neurology, neurosurgery and neuroscience research.
Participants will include:
  • Mayumi Prins, Ph.D., director of the neuroscience education program and associate professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
  • Students and their parents from Culver City High School, Grover Cleveland High School magnet program, Harvard–Westlake School, New West Charter and Venice High School.
10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 30
UCLA Center for Health Sciences (map)
10833 Le Conte Ave. (Room 12-407), Los Angeles, Calif. 90095 
Please contact the media contact by July 30 at 9 a.m. to reserve complimentary parking passes and obtain directions. Spaces for oversized trucks must be arranged by July 29 at 4 p.m.
Elaine Schmidt | [email protected] | 310-794-2272 
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