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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: The Science of Spending 

Lots of people don’t like to talk about money and so there are many unanswered questions about why we spend it the way we do and how spending changes with age. 

Researchers from the London School of Economics have designed a game that uses imaginary money to study how spending is affected by things that matter in the real world, like how much you start out with and how the people around you are spending their own money. 

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?