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Tickling in the Lab
Investigating the Yawn
Frozen Droplets

A Ticklish Question

1)Alan found the "tickling-machine" at least as ticklish as a person. What does this indicate?

a) that robots are funnier than people.
b) that no social interaction is required for tickling.
c) that Alan can't tell a person from a robot.
d) that social interactions are required for tickling

2) So why can't you tickle yourself?



Laughing Matters

3) According to Dr. Provine, what physiological trait allows humans to laugh the way we do?

a) our teeth
b) our tongues
c) our upright posture
d) our hands

4) What happens the first time the students hear the laugh box?



Cold Comfort

5) Define "the placebo affect."



6) What the best way to transmit the cold virus?

a) kissing
b) shaking hands
c) sneezing on someone

Why Are Peppers Hot?

7) Name the compound in peppers that burns the mouth.


8) What else can this compound do?

a) start fires
b) numb pain
c) heal wounds
d) cure

Grains of Inspiration

9) If you shake a can of mixed nuts, which type of nut rises to the surface?

a) small peanuts
b) large brazil nuts
c) medium sized cashews

10) Why did Sid Nagel think that an improved understanding of particle mixing was so important?




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