Seeing Science: Weekly Science Activity
In this week's spotlight: a human behavior-themed science activity that puts families to a fun brain-twister test. How quickly can you say the name of the color in which a word is printed? Does your speed (or accuracy) change if the color of the word and the word itself don't match? This science activity makes for an engaging exploration of the Stroop effect. After learning more about (and trying) the classic Stroop activity, you can expand the fun with other puzzle- or test-oriented projects that involve similar human behavior and perception processes.
- What Conflicting Mental Tasks Reveal About Thinking: The Stroop Effect (full Science Buddies project idea)
- Seeing Science: Exploring Color Perception with the Stroop Effect (science activity at Scientific American)
For additional student science projects related to Stroop effect or similar perceptual behavior, see:
- Get the Scoop on Stroop
- Warped Words and the Stroop Effect
- Shaping Your Thoughts?
- Fun with Seek and Find
- The Brains Behind 'Where's Waldo?'