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MaxTorres BrianaRussell Period7 2/28/13 Distraction&ReactionTimeLab:ExperimentalDesign IdentifytheProblemorQuestion: Whateffectdoesadistractingstimulushaveonyourreactiontime? Hypothesizeasolutiontotheproblem/Answerthequestion Adistractingstimulusslowsdownyourreactiontime.Basedonourclassdata,thereactiontime ofapersoncatchingameterstickwasslowerwhenthepersoncatchingthemeterstickwas countingbackwardsbyfives,aswellaswhenthepersondroppingthemeterstickwascounting backwardsbyfives. IndependentVariable:Thecatcher,andthestander. DependentVariable:Thereactiontimeofthecatching.

Designtheexperimenttobeusedtotestyourhypothesis Objectives 1.Toinvestigatestimulusandresponse. 2.Usedataanalysistointerpretresultsandevaluatepredictions. 3.Designanexperiment. Control:MeterStick EnvironmentalConditions: Itneedstobequiet. Itneedstobedoneinapeacefulenvironment(quietlab). Meterstickmustbedroppedfromsameheighteachtime. MeasureeachdropinMM,veryaccuratecounting. Equipment Labnotebook Meterstick Labstool Safetyconcerns 1.LabStool:Becarefulofnottrippingorfalling 2.DroppingEquipment:Takecareofequipment.

Procedures
1.Onepersononthewillsitonthelabstool(sitter/catcher)facinganotherteammemberwhois standing(stander/dropper)facingthesitter.Thestanderwillrecordallinformation,data,and observations. 2.Havethestanderholdametersticksothatthesittersthumbandindexfingerareaboutan incheachawayfromeithersideofthebottomendofthemeterstick. 3.Oncethesitterisinposition,thestanderwilldropthemeterstickstraightdownbetweenthe sittersfingers. 4.Thesitterwillcatchthemeterstickbetweenhisorherthumbandfingerasquicklyasheor shecan.Measurethedistanceofthedrop.Recordanyobservationsofenvironmentalconditions. 5.Repeatfor15trials. 6.Switchrolessothateverypersonontheteamhasachancetobethesitter/catcher. 7.Repeatprocedures#16above,butthistimethesitter/catcherwillbedistractedbythe stander/dropperwhowillbecountingoutloud,countingbackwardsfrom100by5sandrandomly droppingthemeterstickforthesittertocatch. 8.Repeatprocedures#16above,butthistimethesitter/catcherwillbecountingbackwards from100by5swhilethestander/dropperrandomlydropsthemeterstickforthesittertocatch. 9.Sharethedatawithyourinstructor.

Trial1Average Briana(me)Max 195144

Trial2Average BrianaMax 211138

Trial3Average BrianaMax 258146