You loved ‘em before but also didn’t see ‘em all.  So we’re having our annual night of  greatest hits presentations!  Enjoy repeat performances about the history of video games, the sordid, scandalous beginnings of Monopoly (F you, Parker Brothers), and the psychology of Twilight (will Bella ever learn?) on the enchanting fall evening of Friday October 12.  Yep, we’re reaching into the vault to bring back those laughs and cries of Nerd Nites past.  Oh yeah, and trivia’s back too beforehand, so form a team and win some kick-ass prizes (finally!).

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The Psychology of Twilight: Why Bella Can’t Resist Edward…And You’ll Always Want The One You Can’t Have
by Susan Carnell

Description: Ever dared to venture into the perilous world of online dating? Imagine coming across this little gem: “Moody murderer seeks clumsy girlfriend for life-threatening gang-fights and huge amounts of sexual tension with absolutely no pay-off.” Excited to date him? Itching to send him a message? Call me fussy if you will, but he’s not exactly my type – and I doubt Bella Swan would fancy him either. But here’s the really frightening thing: While Edward Cullen also has redeeming qualities (strong, superhumanly handsome, smells good…) – it’s precisely the bad, dangerous ones that make Bella desire him the most. And it’s not just her personal problem – in all likelihood the rest of us would also fall prey to his bloodthirsty charms. Let Susan Carnell take you on a terrifying, lust-filled journey through the psychology and neuroscience of attraction and relationships. She can’t promise you’ll like everything you hear, but after this talk you’ll be sure of at least one thing: Jacob Black never stood a chance.

Bio: Susan Carnell is a research psychologist at Columbia University where she studies the social, psychological and biological drivers of appetite and body weight. This sometimes involves putting people in brain scanners and showing them pictures of chocolate brownies. A long-time fan of supernatural entertainment, she admits to watching back episodes of the X-files on Netflix, and was first introduced to the joys of the Twilight saga at an outdoor screening of the first movie, where she was astonished to witness fully-grown women swooning like giddy 14-year-olds. Her impassioned vampire advocacy essay, “The Case for Edward Cullen” recently came out in a book called “The Psychology of Twilight”, (http://www.benbellabooks.com/bookstore/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=1865), and you can nibble on her food-related musings here: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/bad-appetite.