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Assorted Middle School Abstracts for Music/Video Projects:  

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

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

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

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

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

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

•    Does body language tell you when a person is lying?

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

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

•    Does vision affect the sense of taste?

•    Does smell affect the sense of taste?

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

•     Does gender have any influence on color preference in clothing.

•    Do colors affect your mood?

•    How does gender affect the synesthesia experience?

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

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

•    Is there relationship between hand gestures and personality type?

•    Is there relationship between AP course students and SAT scores?

•     Teenage values: Are they different between males and females?

•    What are the differences between teens and adults in defining maturity?

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

•    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.?

•    Is hand strength related to "sidedness"?

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

•    Is reaction time affected by gender?
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What factors cause the eye to blink?                

•     How does peripheral vision compare between males and females?

•    Is one gender more easily distracted than the other?

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

•    What effect does music have on preschoolers' naptime?

•    Does gender affect the frequency of repetitive dreaming?

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

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

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

•    Do horoscopes work or are they merely entertainment?

•     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.

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

•    Do local teenagers possess any powers of ESP?

•     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.)

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

•    Is there a gender difference in teenagers' ability to recognize voices?

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

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

•    Are the rules for cliques different for males and females?

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

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

•    What behavioral or social variables affect home utility bills?

•    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?

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

•    Can we tell the difference between genetic traits and behavioral traits?

•     Examine what issues most concern today's teenagers.

•    Who influences younger students the most; peers or parents?

•     What do teenagers think ought to be done with Iraq?

•    Are teenage gender stereotypes correct?

•     Does gender affect  teenagers' planned career choices?

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

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

•    Compare rewards versus punishments as methods of controlling behavior

•     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.)

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

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

•     Does gender affect the methods of child punishment?

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

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

•    Is there a relationship between academic placement and self esteem?

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