Monday, September 24, 2012

Neuroscience Researcher and Blogger to Share Research on Brain Function, Memory and Thought

CHESTERTOWN, MD— An educator and researcher in neuroscience from Texas A & M University will visit Washington College on Tuesday, October 2, to talk about the biology of thought and consciousness. 

William Klemm will deliver a power-point lecture titled “The Ghost Materializes: How the Brain’s Three Minds Think,” based on his book by the same title.
The talk will take place at 5 p.m. in Hotchkiss Recital Hall, Daniel Z. Gibson Center for the Arts on the Washington College campus, 300 Washington Avenue.  A reception with the author will follow in the Underwood Lobby.

Klemm’s lecture, like his latest book, crystallizes his ideas about brain function, especially how the brain creates thought as either latent messages stored as memory or “on-line” through patterns of nerve impulses distributed in circuits and networks. He will challenge a common view that free will is illusory with his theory for consciousness: that the brain is capable of generating both automatic intentions and freely chosen ones. A long-time sleep researcher, he also will present his latest theory for why people dream.

Klemm, who calls himself “the Memory Medic,” has authored more than 17 books, 50 book chapters and 200-peer-reviewed papers. His most recent books include Better Grades, Less Effort, 2011 (Benecton), Atoms of Mind: The Ghost Materializes, 2011 (Springer) and Memory Power 101, 2012 (Skyhorse/Norton). 

He writes a monthly research-based newspaper column for baby boomers that covers topics of memory, attentiveness and perception, and maintains the blog site “Improve Your Learning and Memory.” He also blogs for Psychology Today, whose editors have tagged many of his posts as “essential reads.” His blog posts have drawn over a quarter million reader views.

The October 2 event at Washington College is sponsored by Sigma Xi, Phi Beta Kappa, and the William James Forum. For more on the speaker: