Question: Will positive/negative words alter how an apple decomposes?

Hypothesis: While countless psychological studies can and do support the beliefs that words of affirmation affect fellow humans, I do not suspect it will alter the decomposition of fruit. I do not suspect speaking mean or angry words will speed up the decomposition process nor happy or positive words to slow it down.

Research: apples decompose as oxygen converts into carbon dioxide and starch into sugar.

Design: I have taken one ordinary apple, rinsed it under running water, and sliced it into 8 pieces with an apple slicer. Each apple slice has been randomly placed into it’s own labeled ziploc bag and arranged on a cookie sheet in the kitchen. Two slices will be included in each group (replicates).

Group #1 – upon opening the bag (across the room from the other groups), the apple will have good/happy words spoken to it for 30 seconds, timed.

Group #2 – upon opening the bag (across the room away from the other groups), the apple will have bad/mean words spoken to it for 30 seconds.

Group #3 – the apples will have their bags opened for 30 seconds but no words spoken to them.

Group #4 – the bag will not be opened or disturbed but left on the cookie sheet all week.

Analysis: To be continued…

Conclusion: To be continued…

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