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CWSF 2014 - Windsor, Ontario

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I love music, science, and languages. I have done science fair projects since grade 3, and I also play violin in the Valley Youth Fiddlers. I participate in Concours d’Art Oratoire, which is a French speaking competition. Besides French and English I also speak German. My favourite subject in school is Aviation. I live on a small farm with four goats and a few other small animals close to Hudson Bay Mountain where I love to go skiing. When I grow up I would like to work for NASA as an astronaut. I was always interested in the brain and I read about a dead salmon whose brain showed neural activity in a brain scanner. This got me started to think about if being bilingual and/or being a musician gives your brain advantages to hearing "better". If I would have the opportunity I would follow up on my project with a working memory test. I do science fair projects because every year I learn things that I never expected. Selecting a topic that interests me encourages me to learn more.

Ellena Schuffert

Who knew being 'dense' could be better! The Mystery of what the brain 'hears'
Region:Pacific Northwest
City:Smithers, BC
School:Smithers Secondary
Abstract:Lots of research states that musicians have better auditory processing. Parents and educators have only recently started seeing that bilingual children may have an advantage in auditory attention. For my pilot study I created a noisy environment on a recording which Non-Musicians/Musicians and Monolinguals/Bilinguals listened to and then answered questions. I found that the Musician Bilinguals heard the most information. I am continuing next year.

Awards Value
Excellence Award - Intermediate
Bronze Medal
Sponsor: Nuclear Waste Management Organization
Western University Scholarship
Bronze Medallist - $1000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Western University
$1 000.00
Total$1 100.00