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NERD NITE MAY ASKS: WHAT MAKES NERDS TICK?

The brain is the last true medical frontier. While it has been explored, its terrain is so vast that those explorers who traverse it are learning that they are just beginning to scratch the surface.  We know that nerd brains, for example, have sections devoted to Star Trek, comics, and Dr. Who, but what lies beyond?  This month, our three “brainy” speakers will be delving in to some obscure facets of psychology, such as deception, arousal, and that thing that is happening when you have a word on the tip of your tongue (it’s called aphasia), to show us what really lies beneath the surface.

Date: Saturday May 14th, 2016 A.D.
Time: Doors 6:00PM, Show 6:30PM
Where: DC9, 1940 9th St NW
Tickets: www.dcnine.com

The Liars’ Edge 
by Sean Rapp

Two hundred. That is the number of lies you are potentially told everyday. Research has shown that people tell a lie every three minutes, and the average person is unable to detect those lies 80% of the time. If you are now wondering who you can trust, never fear! This talk will arm you with the knowledge to detect a deception in progress and to recognize when you are being presented with the truth.  We will delve into the worlds of micro-expression, the Reid technique, military interrogation, and many more.  You will learn about the history of deception detection, the current methodologies in practice today, and how you can apply them in your everyday life.

Bio: Sean Rapp is currently a student at the George Washington University studying Business. In a previous life, Sean was a Human Intelligence Professional for Joint Special Operations and the Defense Intelligence Agency. After deployments to Operations Enduring & Iraqi Freedom and having ten years of deception detection training, Sean has learned one immutable fact: those pants never make your girlfriend look fat.

 

More than Words – Tales of The Unspeakable Brain  
by Sadhvi Saxena

Imagine you want to say “I love you,” but you can’t actually speak the words. Imagine you have a gluten allergy, but you can’t read the ingredient list. Imagine that this happens all of the time, despite the fact that your intelligence, thoughts and consciousness are intact. Some stroke and brain injury survivors have to deal with this frustration everyday, because they have what is known as aphasia. Aphasia hinders one’s ability to speak, write and understand both written and verbal language. This talk will introduce the audience to the diversity of aphasia, it will discuss the brain and aphasia research from a clinical perspective, and it will delve into innovative methods for aphasia treatment.

Bio: Sadhvi is a shameless lover of broken brains. For 6 exciting years, she has been researching brain injury, dementia, and the use of noninvasive brain stimulation to study and treat brain disorders. When not working with patients or playing with data, she advocates for the development of personalized, continued, and affordable rehabilitation. She received her M.S. in Clinical Investigation from Boston University and is currently finishing up her M.H.S at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

 

Ants in Your Pants? Let’s Dance: Secrets of Managing Physiological Arousal
by Val Molaison

Remember the parental admonitions to sit still and pay attention, to stop chewing your fingernails, or to, “Dammit Suzie look at us when you’re being spoken to!”? Well, while parents were right about many things, they were probably not right about your ideal level physiological arousal. Physiological arousal theory says that people achieve best with a sensory diet that keeps arousal levels within ideal zones for the activity at hand – and maybe for you, that means you get most work done when not sitting still. In this talk, we’ll explore ways you have been unconsciously managing arousal, how specific sensory input impacts arousal, and how to feed your nervous system the proper sensory diet for success.

Bio: Val is a health psychologist who served hard time in the US Senate before jumping the shark into government relations. She holds a PhD in Applied Development Psychology from University of Maryland Baltimore County. Her prior lives include broadcast journalist, diversity consultant, grief and trauma expert, and psychotherapist. She loves DC, as it offers a wide variety of sensory inputs to help her manage her own…arousal…levels.

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