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Gender and Visual Attention

Gender and Visual Attention | Science Fair Projects | STEM Projects
Do you think gender affects how quickly you can name the colors of words? This experiment will test if gender has an effect on visual selective attention.


The hypothesis is that gender will not have an effect on visual selective attention.

Method & Materials

You will need to gather materials, such as markers and poster board. Then, you will take twenty male and twenty female subjects to a quiet place and have them say the colors of the words on the poster board, one by one, while timing them with a stopwatch.
You will need markers, poster board, stencils, and a stopwatch.


Contrary to the hypothesis, gender did have an effect on visual selective attention. The average time of the twenty female subjects was about 35.67 seconds compared to the average time of the twenty male subjects, which was 46.9 seconds.

Why do this project?

This science project is interesting because it tests a common assumption about gender and visual attention.

Also Consider

Variations to consider include testing different age groups or testing different types of visual stimuli.

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