Science Project Ideas
BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE


WARNING!!!
Remember that these project ideas and outlines are meant to help you complete your own science project. But it is DISHONEST and UNETHICAL to copy someone else's project work samples and submit them as if they were your own. That's called plagiarism and it's a fast way to get a failing grade. It's okay to do the same project as someone else, or review what others have done so you can make your project better, but DO NOT COPY and pretend it's your project. Someone is sure to spot the plagiarism!!  

  1. Determine how big a COMFORT ZONE different people have, how the comfort zone varies between sexes, and between friends and strangers.

  2. Determine if there is a difference between various groups in overcoming visual illusions to determine what is really there.

  3. Do males and females have different abilities in estimating object sizes?  

  4. Which age group can most readily be influenced by Health Information?

  5. Do labels or brands affect the choice of clothing among teens? Would they choose the same clothing if the labels were absent?

  6. Examine and report on the differences in body language between male and female teenagers.

  7. How  well can people identify foods using only the sense of smell?

  8. How  well can people identify the original scents used to make homemade fragrances and perfumes?  

  9. Does vision affect the sense of taste?

  10. Does smell affect the sense of taste?

  11. Do smells, odors or scents affect peoples' mood? If so, how?

  12. Does sex have any influence on color preference in clothing.

  13. Do colors affect your mood?

  14. Does age have any influence in deciding what color auto to buy?

  15. How does the group affect our personal behavior, and how can our individual
      behavior affect the group?

  16. Is there relationship between hand gestures and personality type?

  17. Is there relationship between AP course students and SAT scores?

  18. Teenage values: Are they different between males and females?

  19. Can you recognize the sex of a person from pictures of bare feet?

  20. Is there such a thing as "sidedness" that goes beyond left-hand right-hand? Is there also right-foot left foot, right-eye left eye, etc.?

  21. Does response time deteriorate with age?  If so, by how much?

  22. Is reaction time affected by gender?

  23. What factors cause the eye to blink?

  24. How does peripheral vision compare between males and females?

  25. Compare musical preferences by age and determine which factors determine what type of music each age group selects.

  26. What effect does music have on preschoolers' naptime?

  27. What is the relationship between smoking habits and attitudes of teenagers?

  28. Explore the concept of subliminal messages and see if you can find ways to influence other people through visual or auditory subliminal messages.

  29. Do TV stations increase the volume of advertisements in order to get your attention and influence your buying habits?

  30. Do horoscopes work or are they merely entertainment?

  31. Select a group of friends who claim to believe in psychic abilities and then devise a card-guessing procedure to see if they have such abilities. Then compare their results to those of other friends who disbelieve in psychics.

  32. Compare the knowledge of males vs. females about extraterrestrial life.

  33. Do local teenagers possess any powers of ESP?

  34.  Determine if there is a difference between males and females as to their suggestibility (your nose itches, think of lemons and try to whistle, etc.)

  35. Compare the suggestibility of males versus females in copying actions of those around them (sniffling, scratching, coughing, yawning, etc.)  

  36. Compare the difference between males and females in their ability to recognize digitally distorted photographs.

  37. What factors have the greatest effect in producing stress for teenagers?

  38. Devise a test to measure the effect of peer pressure and then examine how well it works among your friends.

  39. Does the duration of a crime affect how well an eye witness can identify the suspect?

  40. What behavioral or social variables affect home utility bills?

  41. What factors affect an individual's tendency to be violent?
    Is there a correlation between individual tendencies to violence and a preference for violent films, or even a violent homelife?

  42. Compare grades in school versus birth order (oldest, youngest, etc.)

  43. Can we tell the difference between genetic traits and behavioral traits?

  44. Examine what issues most concern today's teenagers.   

  45. Does gender affect  teenagers' planned career choices?

  46. Determine if there is a difference between males and females in their depth perception.

  47. Research, explain and demonstrate persistence of vision. Determine if it varies between different groups of people.

  48. Compare rewards versus punishments as methods of controlling behavior.

  49. Compare simple superstitions between age groups and/or sexes to see which group/groups are the most superstitious and why (walking under ladders, a black cat crossing the path, Friday the 13th, etc.)

  50. Compare age and ethnic groups in regards to how serious they think the problem of prejudice is.

  51. Compare age groups in regards to concepts of right and wrong. Are there absolute rules or do rules depend on the situation and circumstance? 

  52. Does gender affect the methods of child punishment?

  53. Is there a relationship between a teenager's weight and the amount of teasing they endure?

  54. Does parental occupation and/or financial status influence stated student goals as to college preferences or occupational goals?

  55. Is there a relationship between academic placement and self esteem?

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