At a friend's birthday dinner, high school senior Michelle Hackman noticed a lull in the conversation and realized that all her companions were texting one another rather than talking. It disturbed her and sparked a research question to tackle for her science research class: Do teenagers grow anxious when they are separated from their cell phones?
Hackman, a student at John L. Miller Great Neck North High School in Long Island, N.Y., was surprised and excited to learn that her hypothesis was wrong. "The kids in my study who were allowed to keep their phones actually had higher levels of anxiety — it's almost like the phone is a stimulant, " she says.
Her project won second place and a $75, 000 college scholarship in the national Intel Science Talent Search, an elite research competition for high school seniors. The competition also honed her public speaking skills and gave her experience with answering science questions off the cuff.The best part, she says, was meeting the seasoned scientists involved in the contest. "It's like a glimpse into my own future, " says Hackman, who hopes to pursue a career as a research psychologist.
Students have been entering psychology research projects in local, regional and national science fairs for years. But these days, high school psychology teachers throughout the country have started fairs and conventions exclusively for psychology research, in part because psychological science is so interesting to students and the public and also due to APA's support of such fairs. APA sees science fairs as a way for the field to earn psychology more recognition as a core science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) discipline, says Robin Hailstorks, PhD, associate executive director of APA's Education Directorate.
"When students present scientifically sound psychology research projects at science fairs, it helps students, teachers and the public understand psychology as a science, " she says.
To boost the number of psychology projects in traditional science fairs and competitions, APA's Education Directorate published a manual for high school teachers to guide students who are conducting original psychological research to enter in science fairs.
APA also provides judges to participate in the annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and awards prizes to recognize seven psychology projects. In addition, APA sends an award that the judges can give for the top psychology project at each of the 443 local and regional science fairs affiliated with the Intel ISEF.
"We have kids that are doing really great, rigorous psychological research, and we want to give them a venue to present their projects where that kind of work is the focus and the judges are experts in psychology, " says Allyson Weseley, EdD, who coordinates secondary research at Roslyn High School in Roslyn Heights, N.Y.how to improve dynamics in music How to remove white background from image? watch where you get your advice images what are the benefits of being a computer technician what is a plush mattress definition How to set up dual monitors on pc? How to say hi in russian? What does seeing a cardinal mean spiritually? what is the definition of calibration Getaway tips how your escape? how to improve collaboration skills What does parallel mean? What does it mean to be god fearing? what is algal oil benefits how to improve your cadence cycling What does it mean when a dog is panting? how do you send your helper to a house in skyrim How to slow down heart rate? What is the meaning of knuckle? what is the difference between flonase and nasacort how to cancel snap benefits how to download videos with video download helper an administrative assistant has what kind of skills What is the meaning of flour? How long can you marinate steak tips? What does wood look like with termites? what is the definition of patronage advice on boyfriend who struggles with porn what do helper t cells look ike what is the difference between a sea and the ocean what is the definition of curiosity what is the difference between honda and hyundai what are the benefits of filing married but separate What tricks can cockatiels do? How to become a doordash driver? What does callie mean? How to make incense? how to backdate unemployment benefits nj What does grand theft auto mean? what is the definition of business acumen what can unvaccinated do advice how to equip passive skills octopath What are fees?