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Elementary School - Grades 4-6
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How We Perceive Our Own Voices [P] [P]
Investigate to which characteristics of the human voice - pitch (frequency), amplitude, and timbre (overtones) - people of all ages respond positively and negatively. [E]
Determine if cockpit noise affects the performance of pilots. [E]
A few taste experiments - the functions of the nose, tongue, saliva, vision. [E]
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Middle School - Grades 7-9
P=Project   E=Experiment
Determine how the human brain classifies superimposed sound waves: by differences in frequency or by differences in wave interference. [E]
Find out if heart rate is increased or decreased with higher or lower pitches of sound. [P]
How Does Noise Pollution Affect the Concentration Levels of Teens? [E]
The effect of digital noise on the recognition of pictures [P]
The effects of a personís language and handedness (left or right) on his/her perception of sound. [P]
Test if church services decibel levels are damaging to the human ear. [E]
Use an audiometer to screen hearing in children before and after listening to music. [P]
What Makes Particular Sounds Irritating? [E]
Determine if certain words are more easily identifiable through lip reading than others. [E]
Which is the most effective learning stimuli for hamsters - sight, sound, touch, or smell? [E]
Will students find the same pitches of sound different in volume or pleasantness? [P]
Does the amount of sleep a student gets affect how distracted they will be by sounds when taking a test of attention? [P]
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High School - Grades 10-12
P=Project   E=Experiment
Show that accidents at crossings can be prevented by alerting drivers with the help of a signal and a beeping sound. [P]
The Effect of Background Noise on Memory [E]
Determine if auditory and verbal pathways in the brain could be used to learn how to spell, instead of the visual pathway usually emphasized in school. [E]
The effect of noise distraction on test scores. [P]
The Effects of Audio-Visual Skew and Background Sounds on Human Perception of Video Content [E]
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