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Continued: State Fair proves to be popular place for scientific research

  • Article by: JEREMY OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 7, 2014 - 11:57 PM

“No hawkers,” Spector said.

Incentives for participation vary by the studies, each of which was cleared by Institutional Review Boards at the university. Some offer nothing, while others provide $5 gift cards or raffles for bigger prizes. Details of the studies and their schedules can be found at:


Jeremy Olson • 612-673-7744

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  • Science on a stickDriven to Discover is a new addition to the Minnesota State Fair. About 30 University of Minnesota researchers will seek fairgoers to volunteer for experiments, such as studies on distracted driving and how we make choices.

  • University of Minnesota researchers are taking advantage of their proximity to the State Fair, which attracts one and a half million people annually, to conduct medical studies on fairgoers.

  • science on a stick

    Five project examples:

    State Fair Justice: Join fairgoers to administer justice in a short mock jury study.

    Social Science on a Stick: Study of how tiny differences in the way people think can lead to huge differences in what they believe.

    Minnesota Taste 12: The goal is to find more tasteful ways of thickening liquids for patients with swallowing disorders.

    Distracted Driving Simulator: Of U.S. distracted-driving fatalities, 18 percent were related to cellphone use. Test how distracted you become while driving in a simulator.

    Blue Ribbon Snacking Survey: A questionnaire on State Fair eating strategies, which foods are eaten and calorie estimates for those foods.

    The Minnesota State Fair will run from Aug. 21 to Sept. 1. The Driven to Discover Building is on Cosgrove Avenue (across from the Education building) and will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day of the fair.

    Source: University of Minnesota

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