Finding Homeostasis in a Meteorotropic Milieu
Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair
Secondary Advisor/Reader One
The purpose of this study was to determine whether the weather – specifically changes in barometric pressure – affects the behavior of students with ASD/AS in the classroom. The motivating factors for this capstone were: 1) a desire to provide factual evidence to support primarily anecdotal evidence regarding the correlation between student behavior and the weather; 2) to contribute to an area of research that is lacking in data. The author traces the effects of weather on humans throughout history and proposes that since students with ASD/AS can experience hypersensitivity or hyposensitivity, they can be extra sensitive to atmospheric changes in pressure, ultimately resulting in changes in classroom behavior. Data collected over an 8 week period was statistically analyzed using two different methods: Pearson linear and Spearman non-normal correlation; it was also graphed and qualitatively analyzed. The statistical analysis did not support the hypothesis, but the topical analysis found that there is a change in behaviors when there is a significant change (> 0.10 Hg) in pressure.
Brain-based Learning, Environmental Studies, Teachers/ Teaching, ASD/AS
Minerich, Rachel Naomi, "Finding Homeostasis in a Meteorotropic Milieu" (2014). School of Education Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations. 58.