Holly Duerichen, Linda Kanyamuna
Floor Location : J 036 D
For our project, we got some elementary school students in grades five to six to participate in our experiment, we performed two different tests. For our first test, we got several boxes of jelly beans and gave one jelly bean to each student.There was a variety of flavours given out, so there was only about 3-4 students that got the same flavour. Although most of the flavours were different we told all the students their jelly bean was strawberry flavoured. While the students took this test they were blindfolded, so they would have to rely on their taste-buds to identify the flavour of the jelly bean. Our goal was for them to think their jelly bean was strawberry flavoured even though in reality none of the jelly beans were strawberry flavoured.
For our second test, we got two full bottles of water. We put red and yellow food colouring in one of the bottles to make orange water, and left the other water clear. With each student we told them to smell the two liquids in the water bottles. We asked them to tell us if the orange liquid smelled stronger, if the clear liquid smelled stronger or if they smelled the same. Our goal was, for them to think the orange liquid smelled stronger because it looked just like juice. But in reality, both of the liquids were just water and our food colouring does not effect the smell of the water.
We performed these tests because we wanted to prove that the parietal lobe in the brain could be easily fooled by confusing and altering the behaviour in the brain with these tests.