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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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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 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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thumbnail Have you ever wondered if some shapes have certain "sounds" to people, even if they have different native languages? For example, does everyone match certain physical characteristics, like sharpness or roundness, with certain sounds? Are there certain human sounds with meanings that can cross the language barrier? In this science project you will investigate this by testing the Bouba-Kiki Effect—will it turn out that abstract visual properties can be linked to sound? Read more
HumBeh_p026
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Time Required Very Short (≤ 1 day)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability Readily available
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 You have probably heard about left-brain and right-brain differences in people. The left brain is supposed to be better at language, and organizing sequential actions, the right brain is supposed to be better at visualizing orientations in space, making and listening to music, and deciphering the emotions of others. Is there evidence for left/right brain specialization in other animals? This project examines tail-wagging in dogs. Does tail-wagging show any evidence of left/right brain… Read more
MamBio_p014
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Time Required Very Long (1+ months)
Prerequisites You must be comfortable working with dogs. You'll need a video camera, a tripod, a dog crate, and at least 10 different dogs to participate in the project.
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Average ($50 - $100)
Safety Adult supervision required.
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What does the phrase, "Like a breath of fresh air," mean to you? This common phrase can have different meanings: calming, relaxing, invigorating, energizing or CLEAN! After all, you never hear anyone say, "Like a breath of dirty air," do you? Find out how clean the air is in this simple experiment. Read more
EnvSci_p009
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Time Required Average (6-10 days)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety Use caution and have parents with you at test sites with automobile traffic nearby.
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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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thumbnail There is evidence to be gathered at every crime scene. The hard part is making sense of it all. That's where crime scene investigators and forensic scientists come in. In this science fair project, you will investigate blood spatter using fake blood. Your job, as an impartial scientist, is to deliver facts so that justice can be served. Are you up to the challenge? Read more
Phys_p072
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Time Required Short (2-5 days)
Prerequisites Basic knowledge of trigonometry is required. For a refresher, check out the trigonometry reference listed in the Bibliography.
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety This topic of inquiry can be a little scary. If you are at all squeamish, then do not attempt to research the topic or do this science fair project. Always have an adult with you when you are doing your research, especially if you are doing research online. Adult supervision is required.
Science Fair Project Idea
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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