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Archived by Raymond J. Noonan, Ph.D., Health and Physical Education Department, Fashion Institute of Technology of the State University of New York (FIT-SUNY), and SexQuest/The Sex Institute, NYC, for the benefit of students and other researchers interested in the human aspects of the space life sciences. Return to first page for background information on these pages.

Temperature of the Human Body

Human beings are warm-blooded. This means that our bodies regulate body temperature, even if the temperature outside our bodies is warmer or colder than normal body temperature.

For many years, scientists have thought that the normal temperature for healthy humans is 33 degrees C (98.6 degrees F), but some people, like me have different "normal" temperatures (mine is 97.5 degrees F -- what's yours?). Recently, some scientists have raised some doubt about this average value. The value we use today was calculated more than 100 years ago. Since then, measurement techniques have improved greatly.

You can perform an experiment of your own. What is the average body temperature of the people you know? If you are in school, you might ask your classmates to take their temperatures, then record the results. If you are at home, you could ask your family and friends to participate. The larger the number of people you can recruit for your study, the more accurate your results will be.


  1. What is your scientific hypothesis?
  2. What is your experimental method?
  3. How will you calculate your results?
  4. Are those results meaningful?
  5. What are your conclusions?
  6. What would you recommend for further research?

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Last modified: Sep 15, 1994

Author: Ken Jenks


Contact Info:
Raymond J. Noonan, Ph.D.
Health and Physical Education Department
Fashion Institute of Technology of the
State University of New York (FIT-SUNY);
SexQuest/The Sex Institute, NYC
P.O. Box 20166, New York, NY 10014
(212) 217-7460

Author of:

R. J. Noonan. (1998). A Philosophical Inquiry into the Role of Sexology in
Space Life Sciences Research and Human Factors
Considerations for Extended Spaceflight
Dr. Ray Noonan’s Dissertation Information Pages:
[Abstract] [Table of Contents] [Preface] [AsMA 2000 Presentation Abstract]


First published on the Web on June 14, 1998
This page was last changed on March 25, 2002; Ver. 3a
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