OLLI Events

Kangas Lecture Featuring Rick Hill

Altered Reality: Magic and the Mind

Rick HillJoin OLLI for a fascinating exploration of the cognitive processes, which allow magicians and illusionists to temporarily alter our reality. While making new discoveries about how our minds work, we’ll be entertained by Rick Hill’s demonstrations of illusions and feats of magic.  

References to magic abound throughout the history of civilization. Proof that humankind has been fascinated by sleights of hand and tricks of the mind date back as early as 50-300 A.D. Hill’s interest in magic theory led to a collaboration with a UC Davis psychology professor to explore how scientists could examine cognitive function through the use of illusion and magical tricks. He has gone on to perform his special brand of magic and pursue his interest in magic and mind. He recently assisted with a course Cognitive Psychology of Illusions and Magic at the University of Arizona. 

This free, annual lecture is open to the public and honors the memory of late founding OLLI member, Pat Kangas. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking is free on Saturdays. 


Volunteers Needed for a Motor Control Study

The JOINER LAB (Room 1155, Life Science Building) in the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior at UC Davis is seeking volunteers 60 years or older for a motor control experiment.

You are NOT eligible for this study if any of the following apply:

  • Blindness or corrected vision worse than 20/30
  • Have any eye disease or any disease that affects the brain
  • Have had eye or eye muscle surgery
  • Have a history of eye patching for a lazy eye
  • Have limited range of arm movement due to disease or injury
  • Inability to sit up for the required period
  • Cannot read or write

Some people will conditions like arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain, gout, bursitis, cramping, or people with pain or injuries affecting their arms, shoulders, elbows, wrists, fingers, or hands may not want to participate in this study as it could result in pain or discomfort of those areas.

Volunteers are asked to sit in front of a computer monitor and make short arm movements on a digital tablet below the monitor. Volunteers are paid $15 per hour. Experiments are similar to a video game, non-invasive and generally last 1-2 hours. For more information please email ucdavismotorlab@gmail.com or call (530) 752-1562.