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Revels’18— Psychus

With Cognitive Control, Treacherous Ties and Lie to Me, Psychus proved to be one of the hottest categories of Revels’18. With events ranging from a test of concentration under pressure to an all-out test of their lying skills, Psychus had its participants hooked from the get-go.

Cognitive Control
Mayukh Das

One of the most challenging events of the ‘Psychus’ 18’ roster, ‘Cognitive Control’ had participants attempt near-impossible mental feats. Lasting three rounds, contestants would require a decent proficiency in math, coupled with a rudimentary awareness of current affairs and an impeccable memory or an equally good method of retention. While they participated in the incredibly complex and twisted tasks of the event, they would also have to maintain constant concentration in spite of the blaring music, lest they forget key information.

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The first round tested participants on their intelligence and understanding of human emotions. Having screened out the twelve best candidates, the second round tasked contestants with stepping into the shoes of service staff at a chic Italian restaurant. Divided into five sub-rounds, contestants had to take food orders of increasing complexity from mock customers while the catchiest tunes of the 90s blared on. The contestants also had to remember any allergens that might exist in the food while also taking note of any special preferences preferred by the client. Get the allergen wrong, and you just might have the death of a customer on your hands. Further complicating matters, customers could also task the waiters with silly games while taking orders further making it hard to remember everything.

Having completed the second round, only six participants advanced to the third and final round. The event was split into three rounds, each more daunting than the last. One was a twisted memory card involving contestants playing Uno cards. Whilst they also had to remember a string of numbers and perform mathematical operations on the same. Another round included what can only be described as a cross between Speed Jenga and Chinese Whisper, the event truly put the cognitive abilities of the participants truly to the test. In fact, so complex were the rules of some of the games, even the organisers had a hard time remembering them all.

Lie to Me
Sanjana Srivastava

Psychus’ Lie to Me saw an influx of veteran and aspiring liars being put to the test against Veritaserum hoping to show off their skills in the subtle art of deceit. Spread across three days of Revels, the event was one of the most challenging in terms of speed, response, and quick thinking, putting one’s mind to a real test.

The first round tested the participants’ analytical and logical reasoning abilities with a written round lasting nearly two hours. With a substantial turnout, organisers had a hard time segregating the qualifying participants for the next round. The second round tested the participants’ abilities in practical lying, with the participants earning points through a series of minigames. A stark change from the mind-bending first round, the participants had a fun and relaxed afternoon as they lied and bluffed their way through games like Bluff, Jimmy Fallon’s Box of Lies and a rapid-fire truth or lies questioning game.

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The third and final round took things to a more serious note, mimicking a police investigation, where qualifying participants were brought into the dark NLH room one by one, seated on a chair under a spotlight, and made to lie their way through a set of scenarios. If they managed to come up with alibis checked out, they walked free. The final round was judged on criteria of creativity, confidence, and sensibility. A well-crafted and perfectly executed event, Lie to Me definitely went down as a success, as for once instead of solving mysteries, participants got to showcase their skills in becoming a criminal.

Treacherous Ties
Athulya Mohandas

If you found it difficult to put down Mario Puzo’s Godfather when you started reading it, then Psychus’ Treacherous Ties was where you needed to be. This Mafia-inspired puzzle game tested the wits of the participants by asking them to solve a murder.

The first round tested the IQ and EQ of the contestants and was a written round lasting an hour, which had two segments. The IQ round had questions like, what word is a palindrome both upside down and backwards. The second section handled topics such as response to stress and psychological analysis. The contestants were given complicated scenarios and asked to figure out what the best reaction would be.

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Fifteen participants moved on to Round Two which asked them to assess which family had murdered who as the plot thickened. One on one conversations with members of the other families gave the participants an idea of who the betrayer was. The contestants were allowed three questions and could lie only once out of the three. “We wanted to incorporate psychological elements into the game and refine it from what it was last year”, said Anuj Nataraj and Arushi Saxena, third years who served as coordinators for the event.

One team comprising three participants moved on to Round Three where each participant was given two dire situations and was asked to figure out the best way out of their dilemma.
“The last round was my favourite as it required the most analytical thinking as there were so many angles to give thought to, which made it complex”, said Sheikh Zeeshan, a second year EEE student who had participated.
The event with its deceptive and manipulative undertones had the participants hooked, leaving the organisers happy about the fact that they had successfully revamped the event from last year.