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Live Science is an ongoing project in which scientists carry out research in the museum using visitors as volunteers. Take part and find out more about yourself. Nothing dangerous—just fun, interesting experiments.

Latest Experiment: What does your spending say about you?

Lots of people don’t like to talk about money and so there are many unanswered questions about how and why we spend it.

Researchers from the London School of Economics have designed a game to study spending. They want to answer questions like:

  • Does it matter how much we start out with?
  • How do our spending habits change with age?
  • And how do other people’s spending habits affect our own?

Come and help our Live Science researchers discover more about the science of spending.

Who can take part? 

This research requires some reading. It is suitable for participants aged 8 years and up. 

Previous Experiment: is there a link between you and me?