Grade Level:4th - 6th; Type: Life Science, Social Science
In this experiment we will test the validity of mood rings.
- How accurate are mood rings in determining your mood?
- What is the rationale behind the colour change for each mood?
- What other (external) factors contribute to the colour change?
Mood rings are a fad from the 1970's. The face of the ring changes colour, which is supposed to be indicative of your mood. These rings use the same technology as the temperature strips doctor's offices and hospitals use for taking a patient's temperature by the forehead. In this experiment students will test the validity of mood rings in determining a person's mood.
- Mood ring or card
- Choose 10 subjects.
- Based on the colour key to your mood ring/card have each subject choose the mood closest to their current mood. Record.
- Have each subject wear the ring (or place their thumb on the card). For each reading record the room temperature.
- Record the colour and associated mood.
- How well does the ring/card work in determining mood?
- If the room temperature of the card differed how could it contribute to the colour change?
- Organise your data into a chart:
Room Temp (F)
Mood Ring colour
Mood Ring Meaning
Reported vs. Reading
Terms/Concepts:Thermochromics; Thermotropic; What does each colour represent
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