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Right Ear/Left Ear

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Right Ear/Left Ear

In this activity (4th on the page), learners conduct a series of tests to find out which of their ears is more dominant. In other words, do they prefer to use their right or left ear to complete tasks? Learners work in pairs and observe each other doing simple tasks like listening to a whisper, listening to a mystery object in a box, and listening through a wall. Learners collect data to draw conclusions about their partner's "earedness."

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)


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


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • hear
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

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


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Chudler, Ph.D., Eric H.


  • All Rights Reserved, Eric H. Chudler, ©2009


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