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Mysterious Melodies

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    New York Hall of Science

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Mysterious Melodies

In this activity, learners discover that people often see what they expect to see and hear what they expect to hear. Your brain gets all of its information about the outside world through your five senses. But this is not enough information to put it all together. So your brain makes "best guesses" based on experience. This activity exposes those guesses for exactly what they are. Requires a partner for the "seeing" activity while the associated online activity about hearing can be done by an individual.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • A printer to print out the special cards from the .pdf document
  • Scissors


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • The Brain and Nervous System
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Vision
      • Hearing
      • Perception
  • Physical Sciences
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Sound

Informal Categories

  • Music


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • hear
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection:

  • TryScience


  • All Rights Reserved, Denver Museum of Nature & Science,


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