Your Slice of Life
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be one of the most-studied people in the world? On Fridays at Canterbury Museum between 9 December 2019 and 9 February 2020, you’ll have a chance to find out.
The Dunedin Study participants have been undergoing tests since they were children, and are now among the most-studied people in the world.
Visit our exhibition Slice of Life on Fridays between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm to undertake some of the same physical and mental tests as the Dunedin Study participants. You'll receive a replica Study star card with your results.
The Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study began in 1975 and has followed the same group of 1,000 people since they were babies. At each stage of life the participants have taken tests investigating their health and development. The study has become renowned as one of the most significant projects of its kind in the world.
At Slice of Life, participants will have the chance to take a balance test, a grip strength test and a pegboard challenge which sees how fast they can put small pegs into a board. Other tests will use the exciting interactive technology in the Slice of Life exhibition space. People can also have a go on a body composition analyser that can tell you how much water or muscle is in your right arm or left leg.
Although the results from the actual study have formed the basis of more than 1000 publications, this time the results will be just for the participants. They're not a substitute for professional medical advice!
The Dunedin Study is an ongoing, longitudinal study of the health, development and wellbeing of a general sample of New Zealanders. It has attracted worldwide interest because it addresses fundamental questions about what it means to be human. Findings from the study include being able to spot behaviours in kindergarten pupils which indicate they are at risk of becoming criminals in later life and new insights into how genes (our nature) and environment (what happens to us) interact.