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NMSU Hotline — January 7, 2016

NMSU researchers track eye movements to improve visual searches

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According to preliminary research conducted by New Mexico State University?s Vision Sciences and Memory Laboratory, two heads may not always be better than one.

?We?re looking at how working with a teammate affects behavior,? said Michael Hout, assistant professor of psychology and lead investigator on the project. ?There are certain aspects of search that might be benefited more from working with a partner, relative to other aspects.?

So far, researchers found it to be beneficial for subjects to work together on exhaustive searches. In other words, if there is a display ? like an X-ray ? with multiple items to find, working with a partner is better than working alone. However, in terms of finding things very quickly, working in pairs showed less of an advantage.

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Win a family four-pack of tickets to the Harlem Globetrotters and four more for a friend

Looking for an inexpensive way to celebrate Valentine?s Day with the whole family? Simply join the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/404310196439028/ so that your account identifies you as going and you?ll automatically be registered to win four courtside seats to see The Original Harlem Globetrotters at 2 p.m. on Feb. 14 at NMSU?s Pan American Center in Las Cruces.

All four ticket-holders will also have an opportunity to meet some of the players and engage in a half-hour interactive event prior to the game. Plus, if you invite your Facebook friends, they?ll have a separate chance to win a family four-pack of tickets to be drawn from all Facebook accounts identified as invited. These additional seats will be located in a different part of the arena, will also include admission to the half-hour Magic Pass, but will not include a meet and greet. Therefore, inviting your friends will not hurt your own chances of winning the grand prize as they will be drawn from a different pool of entries.

Plus, if your friends are nice enough to give you one of their tickets, the more people you invite, the better your chances of seeing the show for free. A Facebook account is required in order to enter this contest. If you don?t already have your own Facebook account, you can sign up free of charge at www.facebook.com. See site for details or contact auxservices@nmsu.edu for more information.

Start the New Year with the 'Healthy U Challenge'

A seven-week "Healthy U Challenge" will be held from Jan. 25 to March 9. There will be weekly weigh-ins, educational tips, bi-weekly workshops on how to gain lifestyle skills and incentives along the way to help you become a healthier you. Registration is open now and closes Jan. 22. Every participant will receive a free Healthy U T-shirt. There will be prizes for first, second and third place winners. It?s free for AggieFit members and $20 for non-members.

For more information, rules and application forms on the Healthy U Challenge, visit http://recsports.nmsu.edu/aggiefit or call 575-646-2907.

DACC Community Education course explores drawing techniques for kids

Master advanced techniques in colored pencil, marker and Sharpie while creating individual drawings in "Learning to Draw with Young Rembrandts." Emulate master artist Andy Warhol, create a personalized skateboard graphic and much more. Make this an unforgettable spring in learning and having fun, too. For kids age 5 to 12. Don?t miss out on the fun in this popular DACC Community Education course. The class is from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturdays from Jan. 30 through Feb. 20 and costs $49. To sign up, or for more information, email commed@dacc.nmsu.edu or call 575-527-7527.