Science Project:

How Does time Perception Change As You Get Older?

4.3 based on 53 ratings
Difficulty of Project

Easy

Cost

$0-$5

Safety Issues

None

Material Availability

Easily available from your local drugstore.

Approximate Time Required to Complete the Project

About a day, or else 5 minutes.

Objective

To understand how time perception changes between the ages of 6 and ___ (an ending age to be determined).

  • A room without a clock and with nothing in it (no pictures, wall hangings, etc)
  • A stop watch

Introduction

Being a child is like starting a book.In the first five pages of a new book, you are trying to understand what world you have entered, how the characters relate to one another, and what the writing style is.When you are a child, you encounter similar challenges, trying to understand the world around you and how to judge the people in it.This might cause time to move slower.How does time perception differ in children and adults?

Research Questions
  • How does time perception differ between children and adults?
  • Is it true that the younger the child, the more time he/she will believe has passed (in other words, is the perception a linear change based on age)?
  • Is there an age at which time perception begins to more accurately match reality?
Terms, Concepts and Questions to Start Background Research
  • How do children perceive time?
  • How do adults perceive time?
  • How do these compare?

Experimental Procedure

  1. Gather a group of subjects, ages 6 to ___ (determine an ending age).Make sure all ages in this range are represented.If you are lucky, you will have more than one person to represent every age.
  2. While you cannot control the number of people who show up to your experiment, you should make sure to note the turnout in your writeup.
  3. DO NOT TELL THESE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WILL BE DOING!!!Simply tell them you are conducting an experiment about the differences in time perception between children of different ages and adults, and tell them when and where to show up.
  4. When the participants show up, take them one at a time into a room with no distractions and no clock.Keep them there for 5 minutes.
  5. After five minutes, enter the room and ask how much time has passed.

Bibliography

Droit-Volet, Sylvie.Alerting Attention and Time Perception in Children.July 15, 2003.ScienceDirect. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6WJ9-492VR10-1&_user=10&_coverDate=08%2F31%2F2003&_rdoc=1&_fmt=high&_orig=search&_sort=d&_docanchor=&view=c&_searchStrId=1194259573&_rerunOrigin=google&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=35b4b7757ed03937d21c26a3824ee050

Krulwich, Robert.“Why Does Time Fly By As You Get Older?”Feb 1, 2010.All Things Considered: NPR. http://www.wbur.org/npr/122322542

Author: Sharon Cooper
Disclaimer and Safety Precautions

Education.com provides the Science Fair Project Ideas for informational purposes only. Education.com does not make any guarantee or representation regarding the Science Fair Project Ideas and is not responsible or liable for any loss or damage, directly or indirectly, caused by your use of such information. By accessing the Science Fair Project Ideas, you waive and renounce any claims against Education.com that arise thereof. In addition, your access to Education.com's website and Science Fair Project Ideas is covered by Education.com's Privacy Policy and site Terms of Use, which include limitations on Education.com's liability.

Warning is hereby given that not all Project Ideas are appropriate for all individuals or in all circumstances. Implementation of any Science Project Idea should be undertaken only in appropriate settings and with appropriate parental or other supervision. Reading and following the safety precautions of all materials used in a project is the sole responsibility of each individual. For further information, consult your state's handbook of Science Safety.

How likely are you to recommend Education.com to your friends and colleagues?

Not at all likely
Extremely likely