Brain Day is back for 2013

The 5th annual Brain Day will be held at the Carnegie Museum in Crawfordsville on Saturday, July 28th from 1-4pm. This year’s theme is the “Carnival of Brains!”

Prof. Karen Gunther demonstrates the Rubber Hand Illusion at Brain Day 2010.

On the Fairway, test your hand-eye coordination in prism-goggles cornhole, and the Humpty Dumpty brain puzzle. Visit the Fun House to see amazing visual and tactile illusions. Test your friends with the lie detector game, and much more!

Since 2009, Wabash faculty and students have partnered with the Carnegie Museum to lead an afternoon of brain-related activities for all ages. Like Brain Awareness Week, which is organized by the Society for Neuroscience, Brain Day is intended to demonstrate basic principles of brain function, and to help us all better appreciate and care for our brains.

Wabash Psychology Department Intern Romeo Amao ’13 shows Dr. Keith Baird ’56 and his grandson, Nicholas Johnson, one of the sheep brain samples at Brain Day 2010

This year, three faculty from the Wabash College Psychology Department will lead Brain Day (Karen Gunther, Teresa Aubele and Neil Schmitzer-Torbert), who will be assisted by several Wabash students.

Prof. Neil Schmitzer-Torbert points out structures in a sheep brain at Brain Day 2010.

We hope that you can join us to celebrate five “brainy” years!

Big Bash Reception – 2013

Last month, the department welcomed back our psychology alums for Big Bash, in a reception held in the Bankart Lounge, in Baxter Hall. This was the third year that the Department has hosted a reception for alumni who majored in Psychology at Wabash, and the event was a great success.

Mark Rain (’73) and Nestor Matthews (Dennison University) at the Big Bash 2013 Psychology Reception

About ten psychology alumni were present, whose graduation years spanned from 1960 to 2003.  We enjoyed the chance to hear how our alums’ careers have developed since their time at Wabash, and to hear some of their Wabash stories.

Ralph Olsen ’83 talking with Bobby Horton (left).

From the faculty, Karen Gunther, Eric Olofson, Bobby Horton, Terri Aubele and Neil Schmitzer-Torbert were able to attend.  We were also joined by Brad Wise (’14), a rising senior who is working on a summer research internship with Dr. Aubele on the effects of nitric oxide on sexual behavior in female rats.

Were you at Big Bash this year, but didn’t make it to the Psychology reception? Feel free to used the comments section below to tell us about your favorite Psychology at Wabash stories, and what you are doing now with your Wabash degree!

And, plan to join us next year at Big Bash for our next gathering!

Arthur Howe ’82 at the 2013 Psychology Reception