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If you're interested in learning more about how people think, what motivates them, how well their memories work, or any other of the fascinating things that make us human, then you're in the right place! Browse our collection of human behavior science projects to find an experiment that appeals to you.

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If someone is smiling, it means they're happy, right? Well, not always. Sometimes people smile to be polite, or because they want to "appear" happy or friendly for social reasons. How easy is it to spot which smiles are genuine and which are fake? Try this science fair project to find out! Read more
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Time Required Average (6-10 days)
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Cost Very Low (under $20)
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Many medicines come in bottles with special child-proof caps so that small children can't accidentally open the bottle and eat the pills. To a small child who can't read the label, the pills might look just like candy. What cues do we use to tell the difference between medicine and candy? At what age can we tell them apart? This project can show you how to find out. Read more
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Time Required Long (2-4 weeks)
Prerequisites Parental consent must be granted for each child participating in this experiment. In addition, the experimental design (including consent forms) must be approved by the fair's [# ProjectGuide Name="Advanced.ScientificReviewCommitteeSRC" Value="HtmlAnchor" HtmlText="SRC" #].
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
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Have you ever wondered how virtual reality works? With virtual reality, people feel like they are in one place while knowing they are somewhere else. In this project, you will show the same phenomenon on a smaller scale. You will use the McGurk effect to show how you can hear one sound, while knowing a different sound is physically there. First, you will produce such an experience using audio and video, and then measure the strength of the phenomenon. Read more
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Time Required Short (2-5 days)
Prerequisites To do this project, you should be familiar with making and editing a video or be willing to learn how. [# Fragment Name="ProjectIdeas.Human.Subjects.Prerequisites" Value="Html" #]
Material Availability This project requires taking and editing a short video. See the Procedure for details.
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
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Graphical methods of data presentation are a key feature of scientific communication. This project asks the question, "What's the best way to compare the land area of states: a map or a bar graph?" You'll be measuring performance on two different visual discrimination tasks: comparison of areas vs. comparison of position on a common scale. Which method is more accurate? Which method is faster? This project will get you thinking about how to find the best way to communicate scientific… Read more
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Time Required Average (6-10 days)
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Cost Low ($20 - $50)
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If you stare at a waterfall, or look at passing scenery from the window of a moving train, you will have a strange sensation when you turn your gaze to something stationary. You can investigate these types of motion after-effects with simple equipment described by the . How long does it take to induce the effect? How long does the effect last? Can the after-effect be canceled by viewing motion in the opposite direction? (Staff, date unknown) Read more
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We've all heard that "practice makes perfect," but what is the best way to practice? For example, does "mental practice" do any good? You'll need at least 9 volunteers for this project. Pick a well-defined sports activity, with a measurable outcome, such as shooting basketball free-throws (measure number of shots taken and number of shots made), or balancing on one foot on a slightly raised beam (measure how long you can do it; if it's too easy, try closing your eyes). Test all volunteers… Read more
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Time Required Long (2-4 weeks)
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This is an interesting experiment that explores certain aspects of how your brain pays attention. In this project, you'll have to recruit a bunch of volunteers to take a simple test: naming a list of printed shapes. What makes the test tricky is that words will be printed on top of the shapes. The word/shape combination creates the potential for the brain to get conflicting information. Which information is more likely to grab your attention: the shape you are supposed to name or the word just… Read more
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Time Required Long (2-4 weeks)
Prerequisites For ISEF-affiliated science fairs, studies involving human subjects require prior approval. For more information, see [# ProjectGuide Name="Advanced.ProjectsInvolvingHumanSubjects" Value="HtmlAnchor" #].
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
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What makes you notice someone in a crowd? Why do some things stand out, while others melt into the background? In this science project you can investigate the psychology of how things get noticed, by studying how our brains perform a visual search. Read more
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Time Required Very Short (≤ 1 day)
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Can you pat your head with one hand while you rub your stomach with the other? This science project idea is kind of like doing that, but this project can actually give you some insight into how your mind works. The task is to name colors. It sounds simple enough, but see what happens when color words get in the way. Read more
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Time Required Average (6-10 days)
Prerequisites For ISEF-affiliated science fairs, studies involving human subjects require prior approval. For more information, see [# ProjectGuide Name="Advanced.ProjectsInvolvingHumanSubjects" Value="HtmlAnchor" #].
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
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Graphical methods of data presentation are a key feature of scientific communication. This project will get you thinking about how to find the best way to communicate scientific information. Read more
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Time Required Long (2-4 weeks)
Prerequisites None
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Cost Very Low (under $20)
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