ERIC Number: EJ937401
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
Introduction to Experimental Design: Can You Smell Fear?
Willmott, Chris J. R.
Journal of Biological Education, v45 n2 p102-105 2011
The ability to design appropriate experiments in order to interrogate a research question is an important skill for any scientist. The present article describes an interactive lecture-based activity centred around a comparison of two contrasting approaches to investigation of the question "Can you smell fear?" A poorly designed experiment (a video clip from the TV series "Brainiac science abuse") is considered alongside the methods used in a peer-reviewed paper examining the same issue. The exercise is applicable both for students in their later years of secondary education and during the first year of a university-level bioscience course. (Contains 1 box.)
Descriptors: Fear, Olfactory Perception, Science Experiments, Science Process Skills, Research Methodology, Research Design, Cooperative Learning, Video Technology, Television, Peer Evaluation, Foreign Countries
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom