(September 20, 2010)

Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073

Neuroscience Society presents Brown Bag Lunch series

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SHREVEPORT, La. (Centenary News Service) — Ever wonder why people are susceptible to illusions and slight-of-hand? Or why people pre-judge others and experiences? And why do consumers make the purchases they do?

Find out the answers to these questions and other intriguing issues when the Centenary College Neuroscience Society presents the Brown Bag Series discussions. Each discussion will be held in the Whited Room of Bynum Commons from 11:15 a.m. until noon.

  • Thursday, Sept. 23
    Magic, Mentalism and Attention with Dr. Barrie Richardson
    Magician and Professor Emeriti of Economics, Dr. Richardson has more than 50 years of professional experience entertaining audiences and is the 1999 recipient of the Psychic Entertainers Association award for creativity. Richardson may be one of magic's most soft spoken thinkers, but has contributed a great deal to the art of magic an Mentalism. With the 1990 release of "Theater of the Mind," he became instantly synonymous with great Mentalism. The release of his second book "Act II" continued his legacy.
  • Thursday, Oct. 21
    Stereotyping: The Good the Bad and the Ugly
    Why do we form opinions about other people based on their appearance, posture, language, and so on? This discussion will focus on why people pre-judge others and experiences.
  • Thursday, Nov. 18
    The Science of Shopping
    What makes a shopper spend at one store and not another? Is there a method to our madness when it comes to shopping? Find out the answers during this discussion and discover what makes the contemporary consumer tick.

Background information can be viewed prior to each discussion.

For more information, contact Dr. Greg Butcher, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at 318.869.5545 or e-mail email

About Centenary College of Louisiana

Centenary College is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and has been recognized as "One of the Best 373 Colleges" by the Princeton Review and one of "America's Best Colleges" and one of "America's Best Private Colleges" by Forbes.com. In 2008 Centenary College celebrated 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.