The Memory and Development Lab at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain has been
teaming up with members of the Nonprofit Community in Sacramento. Recently the
Sacramento Zoo has contributed to an ongoing memory development study by providing
complimentary passes to participating families.
The Brain Jams study is a National Institute of Health-funded investigation of the neural basis of
episodic memory development and uses a unique design to capture MRI images of the
developing brain while children are in natural sleep.
By providing an opportunity for families to have a fun, educational, outdoor activity before MRI
sessions, the Sacramento Zoo is helping to ensure that the toddler participants are sufficiently
tired (and thus more likely to sleep through MRI). Participating organizations gain an
opportunity for exposure by partnering with a world-class research institution, as well as a
valuable opportunity to give back to their community. It is a winning partnership for the
nonprofits, the families, and the researchers.
More information about the study and how local nonprofits are helping with child development
research may be found at https://madlab.faculty.ucdavis.edu or on Facebook. The Brain Jams
study is currently looking for 2-year-olds in the greater Sacramento area to participate and may
be reached at (530) 747-380 or [email protected].