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Adam Alter at Town Hall: How Unexpected Forces Shape Our Thoughts & Behavior

The human brain is intrinsically complex, but it’s also deeply influenced by our surroundings. Everywhere we are, surprising factors such as words, images, and interactions prompt unexpected, unconscious thoughts, feelings, and decisions: We are intensely attracted to our own initials (Kims and Kens donate more generously to Hurricane Katrina victims than to Hurricane Rita’s); professional cyclists pedal faster when people are watching; blue lights discourage violent activity because they’re associated with the police. As profound as they are, these effects are almost impossible to detect, but Adam Alter, author of Drunk Tank Pink (a shade sometimes used in prisons to calm inmates), uncovers just how deeply our environment shapes who we are. Presented by Town Hall and University Book Store as part of The Seattle Science Lectures, sponsored by Microsoft. Series media sponsorship provided by KPLU.
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The 6pm starting time allows for an optional Happy Hour
meetup for food, beverages, and conversation at the nearby 1st Hill Bar and Grill Greek restaurant, 901 Madison St. (map). We will walk the three blocks to Town Hall at about 7pm.

Talk begins at 7:30pm. Advance tickets are $5 at or 888/[masked] and at the door after 6:30 pm. Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street.

Street parking is free after 6pm and is usually available along 7th Avenue from James St. up to Town Hall.

Nearby Metro bus routes are #2, 12, and 13.

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  • JoAnn

    possible if it's not pouring down rain.

    March 20, 2013

  • Linda K

    I hope to make it.

    March 20, 2013

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