• Empirical Reasoning: Investigation/Experimentation Ideas

    The ideas listed below are suggestions. You may use the idea as it is written or create a new idea from what you see on the list. All investigations/experiments must be approved prior to conducting the investigation/experiment. Always be sure to observe the guidelines and requirements provided by your instructor.

    • Compare the effect of antibiotics on gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. (Grow your own cultures with agar & petri dishes.
    • Run a bioassay to test for toxicity in water or soil.
    • Test the effect of ultraviolet radiation on bacteria growth.
    • Do different types of bread grow different types of mold?
    • Does temperature or light affect mold growth?
    • Experiment with plant genetics (plant hybrids, cross-breeding).
    • Test factors like smoke or pollution that might affect transpiration rates for plants.
    • Investigate the effects of increased oxygen or carbon dioxide concentration on plant germination.
    • Find out the differences in the properties and effects of organic vs. chemical fertilizers.
    • Explore methods of erosion prevention, test effects of different soil composition on erosion (e.g. how does more clay compare to more sand?).
    • Experiment with methods of flood management and containment.
    • Investigate the effects of sunspots on weather patterns.
    • Work with methods for forecasting weather.
    • Test the concentration and effect of minerals and pH in soil and water samples. (Use water test strips and a soil analyzer.)
    • Determine chemical makeup of rain in your area; test possible hazardous effects.
    • Study acoustic models and methods of noise control.
    • Experiment with the effect of storage temperatures on batteries.
    • Develop improvements in battery chargers; try methods of using solar cells to recharge batteries.
    • Compare the bending strength and durability of different building materials.
    • Experiment with building materials that are fire-preventative.
    • Design industrial uses of magnets.
    • Test the effects of magnetic and electromagnetic fields on living organisms such as brine shrimp.
    • Design a project in advanced robotic programming.
    • Test the effects of the pH level of a solution on the corrosion of iron and copper; explore different methods of corrosion prevention.
    • Experiment with types, effectiveness, and the impact on the nutritional value of preservatives in food.
    • Compare the properties and effects of artificial sweetener vs. sugar or other natural sweeteners.
    • Test the chemical properties and physiological impact of saturated, unsaturated, and trans fats.
    • Test the effect of different cooking methods on the depletion of vitamin C in food.
    • Investigate the role of enzymes and yeast in the fermentation or cheese-making process.
    • Experiment with different methods of water filtration/purification.
    • Compare or develop methods of hydrogen production and storage for use in fuel cells.
    • Investigate methods of improving home insulation.
    • Experiment with expanded uses of solar energy.
    • Test methods for cleaning up and neutralizing the effect of oil in salt water.
    • Work with methods of processing/recycling non-biodegradable items; experiment with decomposition aids.
    • Experiment with design and function of wind turbines or water wheels.
    • Test or develop natural/organic alternatives to pest control.
    • Which type and color of roofing material provides the most energy efficiency?
    • What are the different ways in which solar energy can be utilized to the maximum?
    • How do stress and strain affect bridges?
    • How can you mitigate the impact of pollution on the ecosystem?
    • How do marine sponges regenerate?
    • How can you prevent soil erosion?
    • What is Dutch Elm disease and how does it spread?
    • How do animals know when and where to migrate?
    • How would you design a very effective and cosmetic prosthetic device?
    • What are the different methods of air purification?
    • Do light and weather affect human well-being? In what way?
    • Does age really affect the learning ability in human beings?
    • How would you create and design a computer video game?
    • How does wet plate photography work?
    • Can you grow plants without planting them in soil?
    • How do plants war with one another?
    • How do horizontal energy transfers take place?
    • What are the effects of deforestation on the environment?
    • To what extent do snow, ice, and permafrost influence changes taking place in the natural landscape?
    • What is the relation between wind direction and temperature inversions?
    • Are snails of any use aside from eating them in French restaurants?
    • How would you save an endangered wildlife species?
    • Engineer a Rube Goldberg Machine that transfers energy
    • Engineer a device with predictable and repeatable outcomes
    • Recreate a functioning invention
    • Do colors really impact moods?.
    • Can color cause physiological reactions?
    • Can certain colors improve learning?
    • Could the color of paper used in a test or assignment have an impact on academic performance?
    • Can different types of music lead to different physiological responses?
    •  Does eating breakfast help students do better in school?
    • Do people who use social media exhibit signs of addiction?
    • Do people who use social media develop essential social skills?
    • Do action films cause people to eat more popcorn and candy during a movie?
    • How much information can people store in short-term memory?
    • What strategies significantly increase memorization and recall?
    • Does gender impact short-term memory?
    • Do people rate individuals with perfectly symmetrical faces as more beautiful than those with asymmetrical faces?
    • What is the Stroop Effect? Investigate the Stroop Effect.
    • Can smelling one thing while tasting another impact a person's ability to detect what the food really is?
    • Are people really able to "feel like someone is watching" them?
    • Do creative people see optical illusions differently than more analytical people?
    • Could a person's in music offer hints to their personality?
    • Find Psychology Experiment Ideas in Textbooks
    • Recreate classic psychology or sociology experiments.
    • List to the Hidden Brain podcasts to get experiment ideas.

     

     

Last Modified on July 11, 2019