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Online mood experiment launched

14th September 2011

A major experiment to measure the mood of residents in Manchester has been carried out.

Coloured Signs Orig

Researchers in the Great Manchester Health Experiment used colour to assess what frame of mind the city’s residents were in during the major exercise on Wednesday.

Thousands of people gave an indication of their mood using a colour wheel on the experiment’s website and after picking one of 38 colours and shades they were then encouraged to do something to help their well-being.

That could include connecting with people around them, being active, taking notice of their surroundings, learning something, or giving to others.

A range of activities are being held in the city to help people do something positive.

That ranges from training with Manchester City and Manchester United, singing with choirs and painting on a giant black canvas.

The experiment was devised by Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC), which is a partnership between the university and six Greater Manchester NHS organisations.

The wheel was developed by University of Manchester researchers Dr Helen Carruthers and Professor Peter Whorwell, who conducted a study with people who were anxious and depressed and a group of people who did not have any mental health issues.

From that they established a link between colours and mood.

Dr Linda Magee, chief operating officer at MAHSC, said: “We wanted to capture people's imagination and make scientific research less 'boffiny' although there are a lot of boffins behind it.

“We hope to get some interesting information from the analysis we do on the responses we get.”

 

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Anonymous

Thursday 15th September 2011 @ 13:00

wish I lieved in Manchester...would love to judge my mood by colour


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