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  1. Hampton Carousel

    June 1, 2021, 11:00 AM - December 31, 2021, 8:00 PM @ Carousel Park & Hampton Carousel

    After being closed for over a year due to the pandemic, the Hampton Carousel opens for the 2021 season on June 1 with COVID protocols. Located in Carousel Park and operated by the Hampton History Museum, the former Buckroe Beach carousel is one of the City of Hampton’s most treasured historic assets. Built in 1920, the carousel is completely restored to its original beauty and housed in its own weather-protected pavilion at Carousel Park on the city’s downtown waterfront. It is one of only 170 antique wooden merry-go-rounds still existing in the U.S. Hand crafted by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company for the Buckroe Beach Amusement Park, Hampton's Carousel is a whirling tribute to the skill of its creators. The Hampton Carousel will operate under federal, state and City of Hampton COVID-19 protocols. Guests will be required to wear masks when inside the carousel building, practice social distancing, and use hand-sanitizer before and after rides.

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  2. Sigma Series -- On Task: How Our Brain Gets Things Done

    July 13, 2021, 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ Streaming online through NASA Langley

    How do we plan out the actions to reach a goal? Why is it hard to multitask? Why did life during the pandemic feel mentally exhausting? The human brain has a unique ability to devise new rules, plans, and goals and take the right actions to carry them out. We often do this on the fly, performing new tasks and solving problems we’ve never confronted before. This ability lies at the heart of our species’ unique ingenuity and intelligence. Connecting goals with actions depends on a function called cognitive control, and its mechanisms in the brain remain one of the enduring mysteries in cognitive science and neuroscience. In this lecture, David Badre, professor of cognitive, linguistic, and psychological sciences at Brown University, will introduce the neuroscience of cognitive control and discuss how the brain supports this function, as well as its impact on our lives and the way that we get things done. He is also the author of the book "On Task: How Our Brain Gets Things Done."

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