Man Sock, One Down.
We're also going to be helping Caleb finish up his science fair project tonight. This is the first year he had to do science fair and he's really just about done. He's done the experiment, collected the results and written everything down, including the report. Tonight he'll just assemble the project board to turn it in. What was his experiment? It was whether or not video games can distract from pain. He had us put our bare foot in ice water and timed how long we could leave it in. Then he timed us while we put our other bare foot in the ice water while we played video games. All of us (he tested this 4 times) essentially doubled our time in the ice water while we played video games. It has something to do with the video games distracting our brains and suppressing the pain response. Apparently, some hospitals are using video games to help burn patients deal with the pain of their treatments. Another interesting thing that happened was that the older the volunteer was, the longer they were able to leave their foot in the water. As Caleb told his Big Daddy (my Dad), "Next year I'm going to do an experiment on whether or not old people feel things." Not sure how we're going to determine that one!