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Get the subjects to play the gaming console for 30 minutes 5.Yr 10 Major Science Investigation ~ Does playing video games affect your blood pressure Aim Does playing video games affect your blood pressure? Hypothesis Playing video games raises your blood pressure Materials Xbox Console and 3+ controllers 3 or more people (subjects) (independent variable) 2 Xbox games (one RPG (role playing game) and one FPS first person shooter)) in this case Fable (RPG) and Bioshock (FPS) (controlled variable) Blood Pressure Monitor (dependent variable) Calculator Pen and Paper Stopwatch/ clock Method 1. Take blood pressure readings from the subjects and record them 6. Record the subjects blood pressure 3. Take the subjects into the room with the console (or turn the sound and TV on) 4. and having snacks regularly) In conclusion I have very low risks if any with Sash Hewagama 10ES . playing in well lit rooms. Step up console (using either a RPG or FPS) in a different room to the subjects (or have the TV off but turn the console on so no lights or sounds can be heard by the subject) 2. Repeat with the alternate game Risk Assessment Headaches (solved by taking take regular breaks. Give subjects 2 hours to relax (to get the blood pressure back to its normal rate) 7.

~ Does playing video games affect your blood pressure Results When playing a RPG (role playing game) the males and females blood Game Gender Male Blood Pressure Results Table RPG Blood Pressure Before 115/64 Blood Pressure After 119/63 107/62 Female Game Gender Male Female 106/68 FPS Blood Pressure Before 115/65 106/63 Blood Pressure After 129/68 114/62 pressure increased slightly. Male Comparison: Sash Hewagama 10ES .Yr 10 Major Science Investigation solutions if they do occur. Although when playing a FPS (first person shooter) game the blood pressure of both genders increased vastly.

Yr 10 Major Science Investigation ~ Does playing video games affect your blood pressure Female Comparison: Sash Hewagama 10ES .

Improvements I could have improved my assignment by having many more variables e. Difficulties I had a few difficulties with presenting my results. I knew it would never be as high as a FPS game would be but still expected a much higher reading. as the charts could not have full values but simple estimations (appearance). I could have also taken pictures to show the type of people I used and the looks of my equipment.Yr 10 Major Science Investigation ~ Does playing video games affect your blood pressure This is what was happened while the blood pressure monitor was getting a reading. Discussion I was surprised to see that RPG did not increase the blood pressure by much. I also found it hard to have diagrams of my topic of choice. but found a diagram as accurate to what I did as possible. the graph is accurate but only in terms on the systolic reading. I wasn’t shocked at how much the player’s blood pressure Sash Hewagama 10ES .g. different types of experience levels of players to see how the amateur and experienced video games players have different pressures. so I used the systolic reading to show a graph that was easy to interpret.

regardless of the type of game or gender. Although it did shock me how low the initially blood pressure of the female and how it compared to the male’s. These results would definitely vary depending on the person. interest in the game and mood. there normal blood pressure. Acknowledgments Sash Hewagama 10ES .Yr 10 Major Science Investigation ~ Does playing video games affect your blood pressure went up when they played the FPS game as it can be very frustrating and energy consuming. My results are only accurate to the people I used in my experiment and probably would not compare the same to another female and male. Conclusion Playing video games does increase your blood pressure. It’s clear to see that the male’s blood pressure went up much more than the females in both games but mostly in FPS. experience.

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