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Elementary School - Grades 4-6
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Investigate the perception of apparent motion by making flip-book animations. [E]
Investigate Optical Illusions. [P]
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Middle School - Grades 7-9
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See how many times it takes people to get better at making a perfect score of zero on the Poggendorff Illusion. [E]
Explore what factors influence human ability to detect image forgeries manipulated by Adobe Photoshop. [E]
The Impact of Eye Dominance on the Interpretation of Optical Illusions [E]
Will girls perceive optical illusions with a higher percentage of accuracy than the boys? [E]
The Eye and Optical Illusions [E]
Determine if people perceive unstable optical illusions differently based on hand-dominance, eye-dominance, age and gender. [E] [E]
Determine whether varying the size and color of inducing circles will affect the perception of the size relation between the standard and comparison (variable) circles. [E]
Do Left Brained People Perceive Optical Illusions Differently from Right Brained People? [E]
Do gifted students see optical illusions differently from average students? [E]
Visual Perception Science Fair Projects and Experiments
High School - Grades 10-12
P=Project   E=Experiment
Investigate Emmert's law, which is the basis for the full moon illusion. [E]
Research magic tricks and illusions and explain how and why they work. [E] [E]
Contingent Color/Edge Adaptation: McCollough Effect [E]
See if there is a difference in the number of hidden 3-D pictures ('Magic Eye" pictures) right and left handed persons are able to see. [E]
Determine if gender affects visual selective attention. [E]
Evidence for gender differences in visual selective attention; P Merritt, E Hirshman, W Wharton, B Stangl, J Devlin, a Lenz; Personality and Individual Differences (2007); Volume: 43, Issue: 3, Pages: 597-609
Visual Perception Science Fair Projects and Experiments
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