You may find yourself wondering, "Will eating this really help me get better grades?" as you sit hunched over your bowl of cereal. Put the question to the test in the following psychology experiment. Eating breakfast can have a beneficial influence on school performance according to many experts. One study found that children who ate a healthy breakfast had higher energy levels and better learning ability than similar students who did not eat breakfast.  Another study conducted by Harvard researchers found that students who ate breakfast were "…significantly more attentive in the classroom, earned higher grades in math, and had significantly fewer behavioral and emotional problems. By examining the impact that breakfast has on academic performance or school behavior conduct your own psychology experiment. To form a research question that can be used to create a testable hypothesis is the first step in developing your project. Possible research question you may ask are, for example: Will students who eat breakfast perform better on a math test than students who have not eaten a morning meal?, Does the content of the meal have an impact on school performance? For example, does eating a Pop Tart have the same beneficial effects as eating a bowl of oatmeal?

Does breakfast improve school performance

Other questions are: What effect does eating breakfast have on vocabulary test performance?, Des eating breakfast provided by the school produce different results than eating a breakfast prepared at home?, Do students who do not eat breakfast before school have a more difficult time staying on task? The next step is to create a hypothesis after you have selected a research question that you would like to investigate.  You hypothesis might be one of the following, for example: Students who eat breakfast will perform better on a math test than student who do not eat, students who eat a nutritious breakfast will perform better on an academic test than students who consume unhealthy foods for breakfast or students who do not eat breakfast will spend more time off-task than students who do eat breakfast. Talk to your instructor about finding possible participants for your experiment. Other students in your class may act as participants, or you may be required to post ads looking for subjects in some cases. Before advancing any further, be sure to get permission from your instructor. Create the materials you will use in your study once you have some participants. You may need to create a survey to ask students about their eating habits or a quiz to test students on academic performance, for example. Identify the key variables in your experiment in the end. These variables will differ depending on the hypothesis you choose to investigate. Analyze your results after collecting the data for your experiment. Did the independent variable have an impact on the dependent variable?