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Built in Stopwatch


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    University of Washington

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Built in Stopwatch

In this activity (3rd on the page), learners investigate circadian rhythms by examining how well people do with estimating time. In order to explore the question, "Do people have built in stopwatches in their heads?", learners work in pairs to conduct two time estimation tests. Learners can also explore other factors that may influence one's ability to estimate time such as age, use of "timing" strategies, time of day, and body temperature. This activity guide also includes a link to a online time estimation experiment, where learners can test their time estimation accuracy.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • Stopwatch

Subjects


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • The Brain and Nervous System
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Perception
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Chudler, Ph.D., Eric H.

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Eric H. Chudler, ©2010

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