Weird Science: Fool Your Senses

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)-Dr.V shows us a great experiment that can easily fool your senses. Easy to do at home or at school but always make sure you get your parents permission.

Dr. V Show:  Fool Your Senses

Things you will need:

  • Three large bowls large enough to fit your hand in
  • Warm water
  • Cold water (ice)
  • Room temperature/lukewarm water

The Experiment:

Fill one bowl with warm water; make sure it's not too hot! Fill the second bowl with iced water, and fill the third bowl with lukewarm water. Place them in a row so that the lukewarm water is in the middle. Place one hand in the warm water and your other hand in the iced water for one minute. Then take both hands out and place them both into the lukewarm water. How does the water feel?

How does it work?

Your senses are relative. That is why people are very good at detecting or feeling differences in temperature, but our senses don't measure temperature, they measure relative to the things around it.  In our experiment, when your hand was used to feeling the warm water the lukewarm water feels relatively cold. On the other hand, your hand that was in the cold water when put into the warm water felt relatively hot, even though the water both hands are in is the same temperature.

Learn more about your senses!

Join the Honolulu Theater for Youth at "The New Sense-sational Show."

What are the five senses and how do we use them? This show takes into consideration young children's developmental level and puts them at the center of the production. Part performance, part participation, this new take on a popular HTY production offers plenty to see - and smell - and hear - and touch - and even to taste!

Suggested for ages 3+

The show opens this Saturday, February 5, 2011. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit their web site at

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