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Have you ever taken notes from the chalkboard during class and not noticed what was going on around you? Or have you ever been so focused on a task that you haven't seen other people around you? In both of these cases, you were paying attention, but you were seeing without seeing! This is called inattentional blindness and it's the topic that you will investigate in this human behavior science fair project. If you are interested in how the human brains perceives information, then this might… Read more
HumBeh_p050
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Time Required Long (2-4 weeks)
Prerequisites You must have access to a video camera and a television, as well as access to at least 50 middle school-aged subjects. Since you will be shooting a test video for this science fair project, you must find a quiet location, like an empty basketball court, on which to shoot.
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety No issues
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thumbnail Have you ever had your mind set on a goal, like getting to the next level in a video game or getting an "A" on your math test, but no matter hard you work on it and how much time you spend, you just can't seem to reach that goal? How does this make you feel? Do you feel like jumping up and down and screaming? This would be an example of a response to feeling frustrated. How do other people respond to frustration? Do they cry or display aggressive behavior? Do boys respond differently than… Read more
HumBeh_p051
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Time Required Very Long (1+ months)
Prerequisites You must have access to at least 30 middle-school aged test subjects. Try to get an even mix of boys and girls. You must also have access to a video camera.
Material Availability Specialty equipment is required. See the Materials and Equipment list for specific details.
Cost Average ($50 - $100)
Safety Wear safety goggles when hammering the nails into the piece of wood and when using the drill.
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Have you ever thought to yourself, "I have got to have that new video game right now?" Or maybe there's a new shirt at the store that you just have to have. So you rush home, break into your bank, and gather all of your money, even though you have been saving to buy your mom a gift. But wait! Maybe if you do a few more chores and save for just a few more days, you can gather enough money to buy your mom a gift and buy what you want. This behavior is called delayed gratification and it's what… Read more
HumBeh_p046
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Time Required Very Long (1+ months)
Prerequisites You will need to survey several preschool-aged children. You must also have access to a video camera with a digital timer and a tripod.
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety No issues
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thumbnail Have you ever seen a baby in the park and wondered if it was a boy or a girl? Maybe once you found out the gender, you thought how sweet, mischievous, or cute the baby was. But wait…do you think that the words you used to describe the baby might be based on your own gender stereotypes? A gender stereotype is when you expect someone to act a certain way simply because he or she is a boy or a girl. In this human behavior science project, you will investigate whether young children use gender… Read more
HumBeh_p054
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Time Required Very Long (1+ months)
Prerequisites You will need access to three equally sized groups of either 4th or 5th graders (60–90 test subjects). The children should all be able to read without assistance.
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety No issues
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Do you have a hard time hanging on to your money or do you have a harder time letting it go? This project shows you how to conduct a simple survey to measure how people manage their money. Find out what percentage of your classmates are 'spendthrifts' and what percentage are 'tightwads.' Read more
Soc_p014
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Time Required Very Long (1+ months)
Prerequisites Since this project involves human subjects, you will need to plan well ahead in order to obtain pre-approval for this project for ISEF-affiliated fairs. See the Experimental Procedure section for details.
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety No issues
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Think back to the last time you went to the grocery store. How well can you describe the person who was ahead of you in the check-out line? How many details do you remember about the person? How accurate do you think your memory is? Here is a project to investigate the accuracy of people's observations during everyday life. Read more
HumBeh_p014
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Time Required Average (6-10 days)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
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You've probably heard about differences between the left brain and the right brain in people. Did you ever wonder where that came from? Do other animals have specialized brain hemispheres too? One hypothesis has it that brain lateralization evolved as a survival mechanism in animals with eyes on the sides of their heads. One eye could focus on finding food, while the other watched out for predators. This project tests that hypothesis by looking for left-right bias in feeding behavior in lizards. Read more
Zoo_p024
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Time Required Long (2-4 weeks)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability Specialty items
Cost Average ($50 - $100)
Safety No issues
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How do you feel when a friend comes too close to you? How far away or close do you think is necessary to have a conversation with someone? The answers to these questions are dependent upon the size of your personal space. Some people like to be within a foot of each other when having a conversation and others feel that being 3 feet apart is still just a little too close for comfort. Personal space is defined as the protective area surrounding a person's body (not necessarily spherical in… Read more
HumBeh_p053
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Time Required Very Long (1+ months)
Prerequisites You should have access to a large number of children between the ages of 5 and 12 years old.
Material Availability You might need a video camera in order to record conversations between children.
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
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thumbnail Okay, now you've done it. You goofed off, didn't study for your math test, and didn't do well. Mom and Dad are not going to be happy. In fact, they might even be angry. They don't say anything when they see your test, but you can tell from their faces that they are angry. But how can you tell? How can you tell if someone is angry, or happy, or sad? The answer is that you have learned how to tell someone's emotional state from his or her facial expressions. Are facial expressions of happiness or… Read more
HumBeh_p052
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Time Required Very Long (1+ months)
Prerequisites You must have access to a large group of test subjects, from ages 6 years to 12 years.
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety No issues
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thumbnail Male or female? Fat or skinny? Outgoing or quiet? What is your stereotype of a “gamer”? Do your friends have the same mental picture of gamers? How about your parents? This science fair project will help you examine whether the stereotypes of “gamers” actually matches the reality of who plays video games. Read more
Games_p021
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Time Required Long (2-4 weeks)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety If you choose to distribute your survey to strangers in a public place, make sure you are aware of your own personal safety and stay in well-lit areas with plenty of foot traffic. Adult supervision is recommended when distributing a survey in public.
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