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Gualala Arts Lecture Series presents:
Unconscious Influences

with Charles Hitt
Thursday, October 4, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Admission is $5

Most people have heard that pheromones can affect behavior, but science has discovered that why we act the way we do is even more fascinating and complicated, as Charles Hitt will discuss on Thursday, October 4 in his talk on unconscious influences that affect how we behave and interact with others.

Charlie Hitt Hitt says, "Did you know that you will think what you read is funnier if you read it while clenching a pencil between your teeth? Or, that certain genes and hormones can strongly influence whether you marry and how harmonious your marriage is likely to be?"

He adds, "Recent startling discoveries in neuroscience are revealing how unconscious processes affect what we like, buy, believe, and even how we experience time. A surprising amount of what we do and think is not only below our conscious awareness, but also out of our control."

As a successful trial attorney, Hitt found a study of human behaviors and even facial expressions helpful in jury selection and in evaluating how effectively he was communicating his arguments. He intuitively knew a person's face was an open book, and recent research into involuntary muscle movements confirms his point.

After graduating from the University of Texas School of Law, Hitt practiced law from 1980 to 1997, establishing his own firm in 1991. During the 1980s and '90s he worked on a few Congressional campaigns in Texas. He retired on the Mendonoma coast. Both he and his wife are active in numerous community projects.

In this presentation, he invites listeners to learn how science is unlocking secrets about who we really are and why we live the lives we do. The talk begins at 7:00 p.m. A $5 admission will be collected at the door.

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