Our experiment compared kinesthetic and visual senses on land to underwater. This experiment has not been done before in the DEEP program. We feel, however it relates to scuba diving, directly through the senses. We thought it would be interesting to find out how someone’s sense of memory (kinesthetically and visually) changes when underwater. This helps a scuba diver, because it will prepare them for anxiety and also can train scuba divers to stay calm when under pressure (no pun intended).


What is kinesthetic sense? Though the dictionary defines it as “The sense that detects bodily position, weight, or movement of the muscles, tendons, and joints.” We think it is better described as the memory sense used through touch and feel.


Since we already told you what kinesthetic sense is you might be wondering what visual sense is. Visual sense is the sense that 60% of the world’s population uses to learn. Even though the dictionary says it is “the ability to see; the faculty of vision”, we believe that visual sense is when you use your eyes to learn instead of having someone tell/show you.


Our results on land show that the “visuals”(the people who walked the course, having already seen it) did a lot better than the “kinesthetics”. The visuals seemed to be able to take a photographic image in their minds. The kinesthetics were a little confused. But underwater the results showed that the visuals were better then the kinesthetics. This means that if a scuba diver was underwater and wanted to remember where their boat was they would use their visual sense, not the kinesthetic sense.


If we were to change the experiment, we would only test the experiment underwater. However it was helpful to compare. We would also try to plan ahead more so that we could use our time effectively. For example, we planed to use three people for each sense. We didn’t factor in, sadly, that the other three people would be trying to do their experiment at the same time. Since it would be hard to continue using 3 people each, we cut it down to two.


To make our experiment more precise we would use ten or more test people. These people’s results would help even out our percent error and our results. Another change we could make would be to make our maze a perfect square instead of a rectangle. The test people would do better on the maze because they would have to go the same distance for each side. During our experiment on land, after our test people finished their maze we let them see the course. This was a problem for us because we used the same course under water.


Though a seventeen-foot deep pool seems extremely deep, we predict that the results would drastically change if we had done the experiment thirty feet down in the middle of the ocean. We believe the results would have been different in the ocean because the diver would have to worry about more problems. (Such as, how much air they have, equalizing their ears, and the oceans currents.)


In our Hypothesis we thought that the Visual people would do better then the kinesthetic people on land and under water and we were right. The people Visual did better on land then the Kinesthetic people and the Visual people did better underwater then the kinesthetic people. In our land maze results, the kinesthetic people had an average of 29.3125 inches off of each corner while the Visual people had an average of 25.1875 inches off of each corner. Under water the kinesthetic people had an average of 72 inches off from each corner and the Visual people had 28.875 inches off of each corner. We think that the reason why the kinesthetic people did not do as well as the Visual people under water is because it was harder to move people thought the maze under water. Also try to keep in mind that 60% of all the world uses their visual sense as their way to learn. This shows that generally the Visual people did better on land and under water.

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