Jessica Scott (Charles Best)

Hey everyone! This will be my very last round of research on cat behaviour. Just a recap: I started with the basic cat anatomy, then I researched their predatory behaviour, then how they communicate with both people and cats. For the second cycle I’ve looked at personalities in cats, causes and indicators of stress and illnesses of cats (how it changes a cat’s behaviour), and a comparison between domestic cats and big cats and how they have evolved and been domesticated. For my final round...Read More...
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Hey everyone! So far, I’ve looked into the basic anatomy of cats, their predatory behaviour, how they communicate, personalities in cats, and the causes and indications of stress and illnesses in cats. To finish off the cycle, I will be comparing domestic cats, the felis catus, to big cats. Evolution/domestication I talked a little bit about the domestic cat’s ancestry in my first round of research, but I will go over it again in case you haven’t read it, and I will go a little more in...Read More...
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Last Reply By Madison Ciulla (Charles Best) · First Unread Post
Hey everyone! In my last round of research, I looked into cat personalities and how they may vary between breeds and genders. This week, I am researching how a cat’s behaviour may change if they have an illness or are under too much stress. Stress -While it might seem like cats shouldn’t need to become stressed like humans do, cats do become stressed, as do most animal species. However, stress is not always bad. If a cat encounters an aggressive dog, they will retreat without even giving a...Read More...
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Last Reply By Ivy Hao (Charles Best) · First Unread Post
Hey everyone! For the new cycle, I’m continuing on with my question “Why do cats behave the way they do?”. I’ve already looked at their basic anatomy, their predatory behaviour, and how they communicate. For this round, I will be looking into personalities in cats. The Feline Five -Scientists from the University of South Australia determined the five major personality factors of cats through a questionnaire in which 2,802 participants from South Australia and New Zealand took part by rating...Read More...
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Last Reply By Mary Wothaya (Sweetwaters) · First Unread Post
Hey everyone! For this cycle, I’ve decided to keep the same inquiry question as before, which is: “Why do cats behave the way they do?” . In the previous cycle, I looked at the basic cat anatomy and a bit at their ancestry, their predatory behaviour (hunting instincts and techniques), and how they communicate with other cats and with humans. Here is what I plan to research in the next cycle: Research round 1: Personality and experiences For this round of research, I plan to look at how...Read More...
Last Reply By Caroline Lu (Charles Best) · First Unread Post
Hey everybody! So far, I have looked into the basic cat anatomy and their predatory behaviour. This week, I will be focusing on how cats communicate: with their voice and with their body, with people and with other cats. There’s a lot of information on this topic, so I will unfortunately not be able to include everything, but I’ll do my best to include the most important stuff! -First of all, there are three main means of communication that cats use: Vocal communication Body language Scented...Read More...
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Last Reply By Sophie Holland (LFAS) · First Unread Post
Hey everyone! My inquiry question is “Why do cats behave the way they do?” In my previous post, I did some research on the anatomy of the domestic cat to get a better understanding of how the different parts of their body function, so I can explain why they behave in certain ways. Right now, I will be explaining their hunting instincts and predatory behaviour. Wild ancestry -As I mentioned in my previous round of research, the domestic cat, felis catus, is a descendant of one of the 5...Read More...
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Last Reply By Grace Sun (Charles Best) · First Unread Post
Hello everyone! This is my first round of research for my inquiry question “Why do cats behave the way they do?”. In this post, I will introduce the topic by researching the basic anatomy of a domestic cat, also talking about how they have evolved from their ancestors, and how their abilities may shape some of their behaviours. 5 senses: First off, I will talk about a cat’s five senses, how strong and sensitive they are, and how they are used. Scent - A cat’s smell is so superior because the...Read More...
Last Reply By Lauren Jang (Charles Best) · First Unread Post
Hi everyone! My inquiry question for this cycle is “ Why do cats behave the way they do? ”. Perhaps not all of you own cats and know what kinds of behaviours I’m talking about. If not, you may be in for some surprises – cats can be pretty weird! A few examples of what I will look at are: how they behave with toys and hunt, how they behave with humans and how they behave with other cats, how they communicate, how female cats behave when they are in heat (looking for a mate), and if there is...Read More...
Last Reply By Grace Sun (Charles Best) · First Unread Post
Hey everyone! This will be my final round of research for this year. So far, I’ve looked into how music affects our brain, mood, memory/learning, the Mozart effect, health, athletic performance, and people with dementia. For this round, I will look into the influences music has on our behaviour and what our taste in music has to say about our personality. Personality: First of all, believe it or not, just by knowing the type music you listen to can help researchers predict what kind of...Read More...
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Last Reply By Dahabo Abdi (Sweetwaters) · First Unread Post
Hey everyone! Last week, I looked into the effects music has on our athletic performance. This week, I’m researching how music can help the elderly, specifically people suffering from diseases. Before we start, since I’m going to be discussing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in my research, I’ll explain the difference between the two. Dementia is a syndrome for a set of symptoms such as impaired thinking and memory loss, often because of age. When someone is diagnosed with dementia, they’re...Read More...
Last Reply By Mary Wothaya (Sweetwaters) · First Unread Post
Hi everyone, In my last round of research, I looked into the health benefits music has on humans. I focused on how it reduces stress, pain, strengthens your immune system, and improves your sleep quality. For this cycle, I will continue to look into the same subject, and right now I will focus on how listening to music affects our athletic performance and recovery. Music helps us exercise: Whenever you walk into any gym, one common theme that you are most likely going to encounter is music,...Read More...
Last Reply By Jackline Nyaga (Sweetwaters) · First Unread Post
Hi everyone! For the fourth cycle of research, I've decided to continue with my research on my inquiry question " How does music affect people? ". So far I've looked into how it affects our brain, our mood, learning/memorizing/studying, the Mozart effect, and I started to look into how music affects our health by looking into how it helps reduce pain, stress, and strengthens our immune system. For the next few rounds of research, I plan to look more into health and society. I will look into...Read More...
Last Reply By Ellen Mee (charles best) · First Unread Post
Hey everyone! Last round I talked about the Mozart effect, and this time I will be talking about the general effects music has on our health. First of all, listening to music can help significantly reduce stress by lowering blood pressure, heart rate and levels of the stress hormone, cortisol (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). Researchers find that listening to music before a surgery helps reduce stress (1, 5, 6). In fact, listening to music before a surgery can help reduce anxiety even more effectively...Read More...
Last Reply By Kalith Nanayakkara (JH - Alumni) · First Unread Post
Hey everyone! In my last research round, I looked into the effects that music has on learning, studying and memorizing. This week, I will be looking even more into how music affects our cognitive ability, researching the Mozart effect specifically. First of all, what is the Mozart effect? It’s an idea that listening to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s music can make people more intelligent by improving spatial-temporal reasoning (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). This idea was popularized in the 1990’s, and many...Read More...
Last Reply By Mary Wothaya (Sweetwaters) · First Unread Post
Hey everyone! Last week I looked into how music affects our mood, and the week before I looked into the general affects it has on our brain and how we process music. This week, I will be looking into how music may affect our learning, memorizing and studying. Basically, how music impacts our cognitive performance. First of all... Yes, music can help you learn, study and memorize (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8). It is found that exposure to music training before the age seven helps enhance the...Read More...
Last Reply By Ben Laird (LFAS) · First Unread Post
Hey everyone! Last week I looked at how the brain processes music and how it’s affected. This week I will look specifically at how music affects our mood/emotions. Music makes you happier First of all, listening to music can help improve your mood (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7). Music gives you pleasure and is usually associated with pleasurable and rewarding activities such as partying, mating, socializing and relaxing (7). The reason for this is because music releases the neurotransmitter in our...Read More...
Last Reply By Emily Trepanier (Charles Best) · First Unread Post
Hi everyone! This will be my first round of research on the topic of how music affects people. To start out the cycle, I will talk about how it affects the brain/how the brain processes music. First of all , music is an excellent brain exercise and it’s processed in several different areas of the brain. (1, 2, 3). In this picture (2, 3), it shows the major areas of the brain that process music and how they do so: Interestingly, musicians have a larger corpus callosum , which is a band of...Read More...
Last Reply By Rhea Manhas (Charles Best) · First Unread Post
Hey everyone! My inquiry question for this cycle is: How does music affect people? I was planning on researching the different impacts music has on people, starting out with how it affects our brain. I will research on how it affects our mood/emotions, then, I would look at how it affects our ability to learn, study and memorize. After that, I would look into how music affects our health, and lastly, I plan to research the impact music has on society, from the decisions we make because of...Read More...
Last Reply By Takako Liu (Alumni-LFAS) · First Unread Post
Hey everyone! So far I’ve looked at pretty much everything I can think of: the brain, genetics, babies (nature), and culture, birth order, parenting (nurture). So for this round, I will conclude my research and talk about everything - how nature and nurture interact. Nature (role of genetics) : To begin, I will recap a bit of what we already learned in previous rounds of research: Dopamine is a neurotransmitter linked to pleasure, which when released in the brain, causes us to seek external...Read More...
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Last Reply By Amanda Tummonds (Charles Best) · First Unread Post
Hey everyone! So far, I’ve looked at some arguments that argue that genetics are what make us introverted or extroverted (nature) , and I’ve also looked at some arguments that argue that it is our surrounding environment that make us introverted or extroverted. However, as I was thinking about what I should research this round, I found another argument for the nature side of the debate. This argument is about babies, because when you are just an infant, you haven’t really experienced many...Read More...
Last Reply By Ben Laird (LFAS) · First Unread Post
Hi there everyone! In my last round of research, I looked into how birth order affects personality. This time, I will be looking at how parenting affects personality - how they make us extroverted or introverted. Types of parenting: the styles of parenting are generally classified into 4 different types (1, 4): authoritarian, neglectful, indulgent and authoritative (1). Just for your information, neglectful parenting is when parents don't engage enough in their child's life and would prefer...Read More...
Last Reply By Aiesha Trivino (Johnston Heights) · First Unread Post
Hi there everyone, In my previous round of research, I looked into how culture affects our personality. This time, I will be looking into how birth order affects our personality, looking at the stereotypes and why they are true sometimes, and when and why the stereotypes aren't always true. First born children: Stereotypes: First born children tend to be high-achievers (1, 3, 5), responsible (1, 4, 8), reliable (1, 3, 5), perfectionists (1, 2, 3), conscientious (3, 5), cautious (1, 3, 5),...Read More...
Last Reply By Nazaha Muntafi (Johnston Heights) · First Unread Post
Hi there everyone, So you might not remember because it's been a while since I last posted a research round, but I was researching into the science of personality, and how nature affects our personality (influence that genes have on us(1)). This time around, I will be focusing on the nurture side of the debate (impact that our environment has on us(1)). For now, I will be looking into how our surrounding culture affects our personality. First of all, what is culture? Culture is the shared...Read More...
Last Reply By DeOndre Grant (Johnston Heights -Alumni) · First Unread Post

Project plan cycle#2

Jessica Scott (Charles Best)
Inquiry question: Why are some people extroverts and others introverts? I've decided to keep the same inquiry question for this cycle because in the last cycle, I was only able to uncover the more "sciency" side of this topic: the exact definitions of extroverts and introverts, how their brains work, and the impact that genes have on our personality (nature side of the debate). For this next cycle, I plan to research more on the environmental impact on personality (nurture side of the...Read More...
Last Reply By Rhea Manhas (Charles Best) · First Unread Post
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