The Science of Illusion – June 21, 2017

Lights, sound, action without certainty . . .

Join other curious minds for Science Pub RVA on Wednesday, June 21st.
Explore the uncertain world of light and sound with Randolph Macon College’s Dr. Cedar Riener as he discusses and demonstrates the Science of Illusions.
Cedar Riener, PhD
Dr. Riener is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA. Dr. Riener’s professional interests span both basic and applied research. His basic research investigates how the state of our body influences how we perceive the spatial layout of the natural world. One of his studies found that hills appear steeper when we are sad. His applied research seeks to apply findings in cognitive science to education. He has recently published and presented on the myth of learning styles. He earned his Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the University of Virginia. He’s @criener on Twitter and blogs about psychology, education and society here.
Room for 100 curious minds – Seating on a first-come basis – Doors will not open until 5:30 pm
As always, ordering food is not required and sipping on a glass of water is completely copacetic.
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
The Speakeasy
a space within the Hippodrome’s Mansion at 528 North Second St. Richmond, VA 23219
5:30 Doors Open
6:15 to 6:30 Dry T-Shirt Contest*

30ish minute break
7:00 Program Starts

8:00 Program Concludes
If you’re flying solo and keen to meet other curious minds, let us know when you arrive and we’ll point you toward a community table. In the meantime, use #SciPubRVA to get social with us on Twitter and Instagram.
Note: By attending this event, you consent to the recording of your likeness, image, and/or voice and authorize The Community Idea Stations to use photographs, video, and audio recordings containing your likeness, image, and/or voice in any medium for any purpose.

How much is it?
Attend for free, or make a donation — $5 to $10 suggested per person.

What time should I arrive?
Doors will not open until 5:30 pm. Seating is on a first-come basis. While Dr. Riener’s program won’t begin until 7:00, we anticipate filling the room and recommend arriving by 6:15 pm.
How do I get there?
The Speakeasy is a backroom within The Mansion adjacent to the Hippodrome It is a separate space from The Speakeasy Grill. Find the side door access by walking down the left alley. Carpooling and public transportation are always a good idea.
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Do I have to be 21?
Yes, we’ll be in a 21 and over venue.

Can I order dinner?
Yes, The Speakeasy will offer their limited Speed Menu. Service will continue throughout the evening (5:30 to 9:00) including during the program. It may also be possible to dine in the separate Speakeasy Grill (in the front of the building) prior to or after the program. To find out, please call the restaurant directly at 804-308-2913.

I don’t drink alcohol, do you ever have any non-pub events?
Pub is in our name, but sipping on a glass of water is completely copacetic. Our focus is more about enjoying the night’s topic and each other, and less about whatever liquids are in hand. While we’re often in bars, it’s not always the case. Subscribe below for emails and we’ll send location and other details to you two weeks before each event.

*What’s the deal with the Dry T-Shirt Contest?
Fact: Curious minds have been gathering at Science Pub RVA since June 5, 2012.
Our second-ever dry to-shirt contest is simply a way to shine a spotlight on you — the science enthusiasts who understand the value (and fun) of science in our lives. Anyone can participate. Wear a sciencey T-shirt, we’ll line you up and give you a few seconds to describe your shirt. We’ll high-five the cleverness, agree with the earnestness, laugh, think, applaud and appreciate your nerdy ways. Judges will judge. Someone will win. (Prize is bragging rights and a modest gift basket of WCVE swag.)