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‘Behavior Mania’ at McPherson College Draws 100 High School Students to Explore Social Science

Don’t let the name fool you: Trevor Lies was telling the truth.

Lies, a junior at Cheney High School, was one of about 100 area students who attended the sixth annual “Behavior Mania” at McPherson College on Nov. 13 to learn about social sciences, such as psychology and sociology.

Lies wore a “Pink Freud” shirt – which featured a rose-colored version of the father of modern psychology – as he participated in “To Tell the Truth.”

In the interactive activity – one of six available during the day – four students would each make a statement about themselves, but one of them would lie. The other students then had to decide who they thought was lying.

Lies was, in fact, being honest when he said that he once lost 15 pounds from a bout of pneumonia.

Lies said the event was interesting and engaging, and that it increased his interest in the social sciences and learning more about human motivations.

“That needs to be known,” he said. “It’s good to know why we do the things we do so we can fix it if it’s wrong.”

High schools that attended Behavior Mania included Belle Plaine, Centre High (Lost Springs), Chase, Cheney, Southeast of Saline and Wichita East.