Friday April 7, 2017 is Nerd Nite NYC’s penultimate event of its 2016-2017 season. The three funny-yet-smart presentations will discuss accidental discoveries about memory, the twisted story behind the creation of Super Smash Brothers, one of the world’s best selling video games ever, and lessons we can learn from science fiction films so we don’t destroy ourselves.  And trivia is back once again so you can bring some pals, form a team, and try to win tickets to BookCon 2017! BUY TICKETS HERE
Friday April 7, 2017
622 Degraw Street (Park Slope/Gowanus)
Presentations + Trivia (doors at 6:30pm, starts 7pm):  $14 BUY TICKETS HERE
Presentations only (doors at 8:05pm, starts 8:20pm):  $10 BUY TICKETS HERE

Back to the Lectures At-Hand:
*Presentation #1
Accidental Discoveries in Neuroscience: What a Man With Epilepsy Taught us About Memory
by Loren Devito

Description: Memory is a beautiful enigma, a fascinating subject that has captured the hearts and minds of scientists, poets, and artists. With the advent of modern technology, neuroscientists have made astonishing advances in the study of memory over the past few decades. But the real discovery occurred in the 1950s thanks to a man whose epilepsy led scientists to unravel one of the greatest mysteries of modern science.

Bio: Loren DeVito, PhD, is a medical and science writer. She studied memory and cognition during graduate school in Boston and additionally explored the enigma that is neurogenesis as a post-doc in Toronto. Loren has written articles and blogs for The Michael J. Fox Foundation, Quest Diagnostics, and Ganjapreneur and is working on neuroscience books for kids.

*Presentation #2

Show Me Your Moves: The History of Competitive Smash Brothers
by Mike Kelly

Description: In 2013, thousands of spectators in Las Vegas cheered as two people played a decade-old game. On the internet, almost 200,000 people watched, the largest audience to ever watch the finals of a fighting game tournament. Super Smash Brothers Melee, Nintendo’s famous character brawler, had truly come of age. Come join us as we follow this unique community from the early days of battle in a basement apartment to one of the largest stages in pro gaming.

Bio: Mike Kelly is a frequent speaker on video game history and culture. He can be found on Twitter at @galenblade.

*Presentation #3
How to not Destroy Ourselves: Lessons from Science Fiction
by Dr. Ali Mattu

Description: 2017 sure does seem like the darkest timeline: our politics are broken, technology is disrupting society, and the planet is warming. But we’ve been here before, at least in the imaginary worlds of science fiction. Join psychologist Dr. Ali Mattu as he investigates how we got into this mess and what science fiction can teach us about getting out of it.

Bio: Dr. Ali Mattu is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of anxiety and body-focused repetitive behaviors (trichotillomania/hair-pulling disorder and excoriation/skin-picking disorder).  He aspires to bring psychology to everyone, everywhere by hosting THE PSYCH SHOW, writing about the psychology of science fiction at Brain Knows Better, presenting to the public, and advocating for the brain and behavior sciences through the American Psychological Association. Ali is an assistant professor at the Columbia University Medical Center. He received his B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles where he majored in psychology and minored in Asian American studies. Ali received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He completed a doctoral internship at the Bellevue Hospital Center and a post-doctoral fellowship at the NYU Langone Medical Center’s Child Study Center. Ali is known as a “forward thinker” in the field of psychology and was named one of The Mighty’s mental health heroes of 2015.

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