Candy Confusion: The effect of age on the ability to distinguish candy from medicine
Ava Joa, Olivia Leong
West Point Grey Academy
Floor Location : J 196 H
Many kids accidentally ingest medicine unknowingly, thinking it to be candy. In our project. We are testing if kids and adults are able to tell the difference between medicine and candy and what ages have better results. The problem for confusing candy with medicine is a current one and our hypothesis is that as you age, your ability to distinguish candy from medicine increases. We also believe that there is a peak age where the ability starts to decline. We showed the same candy and the same medicine to each participant and ask them which one is candy and which one is medicine. 10 people from each age group were tested (JK, Kindergarten, grade 4, grade 7, 19+). We had 5 age groups and in the end, we found that the older you are, the better your score was. Even though this is the same as our hypothesis, we tested a few adults and found that people over 19 had more trouble distinguishing candy from the medicine. This proves that there is an age where your ability begins to decline from being able to distinguish candy from medicine. We also had a follow-up project to test what attributes of a candy or medicine makes it more enticing to kids and how it may affect the results.