What happens when you notice an attractive man or woman across a crowded bar? Before most people are even aware, their bodies have responded — pupils dilate, heart rates increase, body temperatures rise. And by the time you finally offer to buy that “love connection” a drink, the deal may be done.
South Florida Science Center and Aquarium’s latest “Science on Tap” event, “The Science of Attraction,” will explore this hypothesis on July 24 at 8 p.m. at O’Shea’s Irish Pub, 531 Clematis St. in West Palm Beach. Board certified sexologist Dr. Jason Carter will discuss some of the scientific secrets to snagging a mate over a cold beer or glass of wine.
“Most people don’t realize that a chemical in the brain starts the entire process,” explained Carter, who earned a Ph.D from the American Academy of Clinical Sexologists and a master’s degree in marriage and family from Nova Southeastern University. “Most people think it is their hearts that is guiding their emotions.”
For the price of a cup of coffee, craft beer or glass of wine, participants will have the opportunity each month to explore the latest scientific topics with a local expert. Modeled after “Science Cafés,” a trend sweeping pubs throughout the country, the Science Center’s Science on Tap is the first such event registered between Vero Beach and Fort Lauderdale.
The program has been a huge success, according to Kate Arrizza, Science Center COO:
“We have been amazed by the interest in our first two events. We’ve drawn participants of all ages from all corners of the county,” she said. “One reason is the program makes it fun. A lot of people still have hang-ups about science from when they were students in school.”
Even Carter, who has spent much of his professional career supporting law enforcement in Broward County, is looking forward to the unique venue.
“I’ve never done anything like this,” he admitted. “It’s going to be fun.”
The event is free and O’Sheas will offer happy hour specials beginning at 7 p.m.
The next program in the series on Thursday, Aug. 11 will feature Dr. Lisa Radosta, a board certified veterinary behaviorist, who will deconstruct the assumptions, myths and mysteries surrounding our canine companions, including the science behind a variety of dog traits such as body language, emotions and general intelligence.
For more information about Science on Tap, go to SFScienceCenter.org.