I am pleased to announce that I will be taking part in the Great Manchester Health Experiment and I hope fellow mancunians join me in what is the first of its kind. This is a great experiment and the first of its kind in the world that aims to to test, and perhaps influence, the mood of the city
Tomorrow, all participants are asked to select the colour that matches their mood from the Manchester colour wheel in the morning between 9am – 10am, then do an activity or some exercise to improve their mood and select another colour in the afternoon between 3pm – 4pm. The experts will then be able to analyse the difference. I will be trying to fit a run into my busy schedule tomorrow – the Parliamentary football team have a couple of fixtures coming up so I’m sure I could do with the extra exercise.
The project has been devised by the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) – a partnership between the University and six Greater Manchester NHS organisations – the Experiment is being supported by Manchester United and City football clubs, the City Council, the newly-crowned Miss Manchester, the I Love MCR campaign, and a host of local celebrities.
This is an innovative research project that is taking part across the whole of the city. The research is led by Peter Whorwell and a team of researchers from Manchester University and is looking at how colours can be used to judge mood. Early research has shown they can be a lot more effective than more traditional and complicated methods like questionnaires.
The results from this will then be turned into a mural, a sculpture, a ballet and a musical composition, which will be unveiled at a concert at MediaCity:UK on Friday December 9th. Everyone who takes part will be entered into a draw to win tickets for the concert.
To take part visit the website manchesterexperiment.org.uk tomorrow!