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Semra''s Science Fair Project
Transcript of Semra''s Science Fair Project
Computer (to play the music on)
Math Worksheets (taken from Math-Aids.com)
If music affects the amount that people talk, then they will converse a different amount when music is playing.
Does music affect the amount people talk?
The purpose of my science fair project was to find out if music affects the amount that people talk. My hypothesis for this project was: If music affects how people talk, then they will converse a different amount when music is playing. The constants and controls in my experiments were that I used the same people every time,and they always had five minutes to do five math problems. The variable in my experiment was that the first five minutes I did not play music and the second five minutes I did. The way I measured the responding variable was by the number of words they said. The results of this experiment were that people speak more while music is on. The results show that my hypothesis was correct because there was a significant difference between the words that my subjects said when music was playing, as opposed to not playing.
I tested two subjects on ratios and rates at the same time. The people who were getting tested got tested six times. Three of the times I played classical music. I said they could talk freely as long as they did the problems accurately.
Music I played:
A Lover's Kiss, By: Louis Landon
Bella's Lullaby, By: Michael Silverman
River of Grace, By: Dana Cunningham
Hope Endures, By: Philip Welsley
When Heaven Falls to Earth, By: Morgan Olk
I did not pick this music, Pandora did
Special thanks to Mara and Barbara Raider, who were willing to do the math problems required for the experiment.
Elayna Mannes, author of a book called The Power of Music says scientists have found that music stimulates more parts of the brain than any other human function. That's why she sees so much potential in music's power to change the brain and affect the way it works.
Music can also have an effect on studying and concentration even if the student isn't involved in lessons. While the belief that a quiet classroom was most likely to promote concentration, Yiftach Levy of San Diego State University points out in his article "The Effects of Background Music on Learning: A Review of Recent Literature" that the idea is being challenged. A completely quiet classroom is almost impossible because the sounds of students fidgeting, sharpening pencils, the gardener mowing the lawn outside the classroom, construction and other classes in the hallway. Levy's research indicates that calming, nonpercussive background music is effective at drowning out background noise so students can concentrate. In this sense, music can benefit learning because it allows students greater focus and fosters more valuable study sessions.
Second paragraph taken from: http://www.ehow.com/how-does_5006036_music-affect-education.html#ixzz2sqY9j9bM
Trials Without music, Words Said:
Average: 153 1/3
Trial With Music, Words Said:
Average: 168 2/3
The subjects talked more with music
My hypothesis was correct! Music does affect the amount people talk. My experiment proved this because there was a significant difference between the experiments with music and the experiments without. This proves that people talk more when there is music playing. Based on my research, it is good to play music in a classroom because it helps kids learn. So, I can conclude that talking helps kids learn. Therefore, music makes people talk more, but it helps people learn.
I noticed that during the trials without music, there was more conversation. During the trials with music, there were more individual words. I also noticed that these adults were having trouble with the sixth grade ratios. They also did not notice when I turned the music on.