CSSF Project Listings: 2014
Cognitive Science

Junior Division

Zachary E. Berger, Grade 8
To Music, or Not to Music? An Exploration in Seeing How Music Affects Concentration
Advisor: Mrs. Abbe Braitman
School: Wornick (Ronald C.) Jewish Day School, Foster City, San Mateo County
Daniel A. Bernhardt, Grade 6
Taste the Rainbow: Do We Need Coloring in Our Soda?
Advisor: Mr. Daniel Dummett
School: Chicago Park School, Grass Valley, Nevada County
Madalyn E. Berry, Grade 7
At What Grade Level Can Children Differentiate between Candy and Non-Candy Items?
Advisor: Mrs. Diane Loflin
School: Quail Lake Charter School, Clovis, Fresno County
Cailyn G. Bond, Grade 7
Would You See It? A Project about Inattentional Blindness
Advisor: Mrs. Liz Clark
School: St. Gregory the Great Catholic School, San Diego, San Diego County
Nora B. Butler, Grade 7
The Art of Seeing Without Eyes
Advisor: Mr. Alex Hofsteen
School: International School of Monterey, Monterey, Monterey County
J0706 — Honorable Mention
Harrison P. Coorey, Grade 6
Are Some Multiplication Facts Harder than Others?
Advisor: Ms. Sarah Hong
School: Alameda Community Learning Center, Alameda, Alameda County
Sara J. Dajani, Grade 6
iPad vs. Text
Advisor: Mrs. Rula Alshanableh
School: Al-Huda Islamic School, Hawthorne, Los Angeles County
J0708 — Honorable Mention
Alexis C. Duke, Grade 8
Digital Dilemma: An Analysis of Print vs. Digital Text
Advisor: Mr. John Briner
School: Fairmont Private Junior High School, Anaheim, Orange County
Joy M. Forster, Grade 7
Lemonade: The Sweet Solution
Advisor: Mrs. Kelly Pomerantz
School: Medea Creek Middle School, Oak Park, Ventura County
Miles A. Gaitan, Grade 8
The Effect of Physical and Mental Exercise on Memory
Advisor: Ms. Nellie Hill
School: Santa Barbara Junior High School, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County
J0711 — Honorable Mention
Sydney S. Gamble, Grade 7
The Truth about Higher-Order Learning vs. Rote Methods
Advisor: Mrs. Robin Swann
School: North Creek Academy, Walnut Creek, Contra Costa County
Maya C. Gonzales, Grade 8
A Shot at Success: Does Exercise before Learning Improve Comprehension and Memory?
Advisor: Mr. Ronald Pembleton
School: Adaline E. Kent Middle School, Kentfield, Marin County
Bailey J. Henderson, Grade 7
Zooming through Fluency
Advisor: Ms. Cassandra deWood
School: Hawkins (Tom) Elementary School, Tracy, San Joaquin County
Maddie E. Hutson, Grade 7
Now You See It, Now You Don't
Advisor: Mrs. Tanya Hutson
School: Downtown Elementary School, Bakersfield, Kern County
Carolyne J. Ikeda, Grade 7
The Great Reading Mystery: Was It the Book or Was It the Tablet?
Advisor: Mrs. Lynne Dowdy
School: St. Brendan Elementary School, San Francisco, San Francisco County
Diya Jain, Grade 7
Does Color Affect Learning and Memory?
Advisor: Mrs. Codrutza Popescu
School: Miller (Joaquin) Middle School, San Jose, Santa Clara County
Vatsal Jain, Grade 7
Vivek K. Patel, Grade 7
Can You Hear Music without Music? Dwell into the World of Auditory Pareidolia
Advisor: Mr. David Apodaca
School: Day Creek Intermediate School, Etiwanda, San Bernardino County
J0718 — Second Place
Georgia G. Johnsen, Grade 8
Fatal Distraction
Advisor: Mrs. Heidi Johnsen
School: St. John's Lutheran School, Bakersfield, Kern County
J0719 — First Place
Cameron C. Jones, Grade 7
Is It Warm in Here or Is It Just Me? Regulating Thermal Comfort with Personal Peltier Modules
Advisor: Ms. Brigetta Brown
School: Corte Madera Middle School, Portola Valley, San Mateo County
Sawyer A. Kelly, Grade 7
Musically Minded
Advisor: Mr. Brendan Gummerson
School: St. Matthew's Episcopal School, San Mateo, San Mateo County
Alex A. Kurlan, Grade 7
Retention and Ratings of Black/White vs. Color Video Presentations
Advisor: Mrs. Roxanne Hunker
School: Rhoades (The) School, Encinitas, San Diego County
Kylynn M. Leffingwell, Grade 6
What Level of Visual Distortion Weakens the Stroop Effect?
Advisor: Mr. David russell
School: Wash (John S.) Elementary School, Fresno, Fresno County
Joseph D. Lou, Grade 6
How Costly Is Multitasking? A Computer-Assisted Quantitative Study of Age and Gender Differences in Switching Costs
Advisor: Ms. Karis Miyake
School: Acaciawood College Preparatory Academy, Anaheim, Orange County
Madeleine H. McLeod, Grade 7
What's Your Style? Could Font Styles Make a Difference in Your Reading Speed?
Advisor: Ms. Cassandra de Wood
School: Hawkins (Tom) Elementary School, Tracy, San Joaquin County
J0725 — Honorable Mention
Emily T. Mirbod, Grade 8
ASL Retention Among Non-Deaf Subjects
Advisor: Mr. David Marchetti
School: La Colina Junior High School, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County
Mussa Mohamed, Grade 7
Influence of Environmental Light on Reaction Time
Advisor: Mrs. Arwa Alkhawaja
School: Islamic School of San Diego, San Diego, San Diego County
Mary C. Monaghan, Grade 8
Children's Drawings: A Study to Create an Illusion of Space Using Depth Cues
Advisor: Mrs. Mary Pettitt
School: St. Adelaide School, Highland, San Bernardino County
J0728 — Honorable Mention
Ujjaini Mukhopadhyay, Grade 8
Note Taking: Necessary or Nuisance?
Advisor: Mrs. Anuradha Sarkar
School: Bret Harte Middle School, San Jose, Santa Clara County
J0729 — Fourth Place
Keegan Noronha, Grade 8
In the Mood: Music Tonality and Its Effect on Happiness
Advisor: Dr. Val Noronha
School: La Colina Junior High School, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County
Audrey A. Portela, Grade 6
The Effects of Distraction on Child Memorization
Advisor: Mr. David Russell
School: Wash (John S.) Elementary School, Fresno, Fresno County
J0731 — Third Place
Sebastian L. Roeder-Hensley, Grade 6
Quick or Slow? Testing Human Reaction Times to Sight and Sound
Advisor: Ms. Linden McNeilly
School: Rio Del Mar Elemetary School, Aptos, Santa Cruz County
Zara A. Shariff, Grade 6
How the Eye Views and Reads Words
Advisor: Mrs. Codrutza Popescu
School: Miller (Joaquin) Middle School, San Jose, Santa Clara County
Sarah M. Shine, Grade 7
Anything Boys Can Do Girls Can Do Better! The Effect of Gender on Optical Illusion Perception
Advisor: Mr. Daniel Dummett
School: Union Hill School, Grass Valley, Nevada County
Samantha V. Smith, Grade 8
Julia M. Vasquez, Grade 8
What Do You See?
Advisor: Mrs. Nicole Sutherland
School: Salesian Sisters Elementary School, Corralitos, Santa Cruz County

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