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A level Psychology students enjoyed a day of interactive and inspiring talks on science and pseudoscience at the Colston Hall in Bristol recently.

The talks were delivered by prominent psychologists including Phil Banyard from Nottingham Trent University, published author Cara Flanagan and Mike Cardwell, Senior Lecturer at Bath Spa University, alongside professionals from the entertainment industry who demonstrated how they used psychology as part of their act.

The students particularly enjoyed the lecture by 'Dr Dance' – aka Peter Lovatt of University of Hertfordshire - on the psychology of dance, hormones and thinking. Following this, students learnt about uncovering the psychology behind magic tricks, in a talk delivered by magician Oliver Meech. The day closed with a demonstration by hypnotist Andrew Newton, who is cited as ‘The World’s Foremost Hypnotist’ and has taught Paul McKenna among others.

Strode student Rory Burrows, from Yeovil and previously at Preston School, said: "I'm so glad I came on this Psychology trip. It was really engaging, and relevant to what we learn in class.”

Charlotte Hide, Psychology teacher added: "It's great to have a local opportunity which allows our students to meet and interact with world renowned psychologists. The trip also provides a chance to engage with material outside the A Level specification."

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