The Citizen Science Maze Trial Results

Our Citizen Science study is facilitated by volunteers and staff on the weekends from April 22 through the present. Our data collection occured from 12:30pm to 2:30pm. Any general admission guest is open to participate.

In order to collect the time variable, guests use a kitchen timer to record the amount of seconds it takes to complete the maze trial. It requires them to hit a button to start, and again when they stopped. (Similar to a professional Chess Match. When requested, the facilitator will assist. If guests are interested in doing this at home, they can use whatever is handy; cell phone timer, kitchen timer, microwave timer, etc.

In order to collect the error variable, guests are instructed before their trial starts that any time their solution line intersects with a maze border it will count as an error. After the trial is over, they count up the amount of errors observed and record accordingly.

Our hypothesis, or educated guess, was that we would see a correlation, or relationship with the music and errors. We thought that the second Maze trial would be quicker, and have more errors. According to our data collected up until 6/20/18, we see that there is not a correlation in our studies from the museum floor, despite what Ludomusicology research has proven. This is an excellent example of one data point that doesn't represent the overall phenomenon. There are many variables in this study that were not controlled, such as: ambient noise, facilitation style, etc, and therefore could not be accepted as a scholarly study.