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Hamsters and Affection

Hamsters and Affection | Science Fair Projects | STEM Projects
Do animals have emotions like humans? This science project explores the learning abilities of hamsters who have been showered with affection.


The hypothesis is that hamsters that are shown human affection will be able to learn more quickly.

Method & Materials

You will divide 6 hamsters into two groups, give one group human affection, and measure the time it takes for each hamster to complete a maze.
You will need 6 hamsters, 2 cages, sunflower seeds, cardboards or old carton boxes, scissors, masking tape, glue, a stopwatch, and a meter-long ruler.


The results of the experiment showed that the hamsters in the group that was given affection were able to learn the maze and complete it faster than the hamsters in the other group. This proves that the hypothesis is true.

Why do this project?

This science project is interesting because it explores the relationship between animals and emotions, and how human affection can affect the learning abilities of animals.

Also Consider

Consider experimenting with different kinds of feed, such as dried shrimps, or with different animals, such as white mice or dogs.

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