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Pseudoscience and Psychology conference engages sixth formers

26 Lower Sixth pupils went to the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester to listen and participate in an exciting conference which covered a variety of different elements of Psychology.

The focus of the day was about research in Psychology and how to be certain of valid evidence being presented to us, rather than ideas being disguised as science.

The day involved a number of very thought provoking and entertaining speakers.

The highlight of the day was Dr Peter Lovatt who explained the role of dance in cognitive processes. This involved our pupils being asked to get up and join in with his demonstrations of dance moves.

Oliver Meech explained the ‘Psychology of Magic’, and how many tricks that are performed are all about distraction and manipulating attention. Anna Hanson and Georgina Dare were selected to be his assistants in one of his tricks that showed how easy it was to convince the mind that certain things can happen.


The day finished with a talk from world famous hypnotist Andrew Newton. A number of our pupils volunteered to be hypnotised, Elias Bolland and Libby Colbert were chosen to illustrate the strength of hypnotism. Many of those who started the day being sceptical about hypnotism were more convinced by the end.

It was a brilliant day presented by some inspirational speakers. It gave the pupils an opportunity to consider the wide range of issues covered by psychology.