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Where Was That?


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Where Was That?

In this activity (9th activity on the page), learners work in pairs to see how their perception of touch differs from reality. One learner uses a pen/marker to mark a point on the skin of another learner wearing a blindfold. Then, the blindfolded learner touches where he thinks the mark is located on his skin. The learners measure the distance from the guessed point to the actual mark. Learners can test various areas to investigate touch sensitivity throughout the body.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Type:
Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • 2 different colored ball point pens or washable markers
  • Ruler
  • Paper to record measurements (optional)

Subjects


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

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • 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, ©2009

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