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Institute of Texan Cultures hosts 'mind games' lecture

By Meg Gibson
Curator, UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures

(March 7, 2006)--The games we play, whether cards, board games or sports, often involve more than meets the eye -- a strategic application of psychology can be part of the game.

Tiffanye Vargas-Tonsing, UTSA assistant professor of health and kinesiology, will lecture on "Mind Games: Applying Psychology to the Games We Play" at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 9 at the Institute of Texan Cultures auditorium, 801 S. Bowie St. in downtown San Antonio.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Vargas-Tonsing will discuss mind games and psychological strategies players use to gain a competitive edge. Everything from confidence to intimidation to the color of the shirt someone is wearing can affect performance and the ultimate outcome of the game.

In her talk, Vargas-Tonsing will discuss some of the fascinating psychological concepts at play in games and new techniques that can be applied when gaming.

The lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibit, "Asian Games: The Art of Contest," which runs through March 10. The exhibit is made possible through the NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities, brought by Exhibits USA, a national program of Mid-America Arts Alliance, and organized by the Asia Society, New York.

For more information, call (210) 458-2297.

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