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TEEN TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH SCIENTISTS!

 

While the museum is closed, our Teen Technology Research Scientists have been working hard to investigate digital usage and the impacts of COVID-19 changes upon screen time.

Results are in for six of our research studies, and we thank you for being a part! Click on the links below to discover what we found...plus be sure to participate in the NEW study on videogaming and reaction time.

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Does videogaming affect your reaction time?

Teen Technology Research Scientists: Hamza, Maverick, Aisha, Zakariya

Research* suggests that playing videogames may strengthen a myriad of skills, including attention and processing time. Does playing videogames also improve our reaction time? For this project, participants will first take a short timed reaction test online. They will then answer record their time in a 5-question survey that will investigate connections between videogame playing and reaction time.

THIS IS A SHORT NEW SURVEY! PLEASE TAKE IT HERE!

*Green, C. S., & Bavelier, D. (2003). Action video game modifies visual selective attention. Nature, 423(6939), 534-537.

*Dye, M. W., Green, C. S., & Bavelier, D. (2009). Increasing speed of processing with action video games. Current directions in psychological science, 18(6), 321-326.

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How is the coronavirus impacting productivity?

Teen Technology Research Scientists: London, Logan

Over the past few weeks, changes related to COVID-19 have turned our lives and our everyday patterns of living upside down. As school and work tasks move online, what changes can be seen in our productivity? Our project will compare productivity before and after nationwide restrictions took effect.

SURVEY

WANT TO KNOW THE RESULTS OF OUR SURVEY? CLICK HERE.

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Do teens or adults respond the fastest?

Teen Technology Research Scientists: Roxye, Madison, Grace, Adriana

When responding to a text, are adults or teens the fastest? For this project, you will answer six short questions and then take a 1-minute timed typing test. Results will be compared to see if adults or teens are the fastest. Please click on the link below to participate in our short project!

SURVEY

CLICK HERE TO LEARN WHAT WE FOUND!

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What do adults think teens are doing on their phones?

Teen Technology Research Scientists: Brian, Noah, and Noah Ty

Adults often have opinions on how teens can use their phones more productively, but do they REALLY know what teens do on their phones? In this study, teen participants will list their 3 most-used apps. Adults will list the 3 apps they think teens use most. The three-question surveys will take less than 30 seconds to complete! Results will be compared to determine if adults really know how teens are using their phones.

TEEN SURVEY                                                      ADULT SURVEY

258 PARTICIPANTS! WHAT DID THE RESULTS SHOW? CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT!

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How does the use of screens affect our memory and awareness?

Teen Technology Research Scientists: Trenton, Rumaysa, Pilar, Liberty

Some research* suggests that use of smartphones may be harming our mental skills, but other studies** suggest that the phone may support us as an extra "brain in our pockets". How does the amount of time we spend online affect our memory and awareness? Take our 8-question survey to help us see any connections between amount of phone usage and these mental skills!

SURVEY

THANK YOU TO THE 250+ PEOPLE WHO PARTICIPATED IN OUR SURVEY! CLICK HERE TO FIND WHAT WE LEARNED.

*Twenge, J. M., Martin, G. N., & Campbell, W. K. (2018). Decreases in psychological well-being among American adolescents after 2012 and links to screen time during the rise of smartphone technology. Emotion, 18(6), 765.

**Barr, N., Pennycook, G., Stolz, J. A., & Fugelsang, J. A. (2015). The brain in your pocket: Evidence that Smartphones are used to supplant thinking. Computers in Human Behavior, 48, 473-480.

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What do emojis really mean?    

Teen Technology Research Scientists: Emmaleigh, Clara, Nisa, Derek 

How well do you know your emojis? Play our game to learn how well you know the REAL meanings!

Click here to play the game!

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT WHO KNOWS THEIR EMOJIS!

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How have COVID-19 changes impacted emotions?

Teen Technology Research Scientists: Colin, Priya, Aaliyah

COVID-19 and its related changes have stirred up a whirlwind of emotions. As we adapt to stress from the pandemic and try to determine the new "normal", both positive and negative emotions surround us. This 2-minute survey will investigate changes in our general emotional states since the pandemic.   How are you feeling as you work your way through the new "normal"?

SURVEY

WHICH EMOTIONS HAVE BEEN FELT MOST OFTEN? CLICK HERE TO LEARN WHAT OUR STUDY SHOWED.

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