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Bill Klemm Doctor of Philosophy

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I am a neuroscientist at Texas A&M University who has a special interest in learning and memory. As I find new research papers that have practical application in this area, I write a lay-language summary of the research and try to emphasize how readers can apply this information to enrich... Full Bio
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Memory Athlete Gimmicks. Tip 1: Familiar Locations by Bill Klemm Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health In my last article, I promised to explain five gimmicks that memory athletes use. These can be accomplished even by memory wimps, though perhaps not at the competition lev ... Read on »
What Does Memorization Say about Free Will? by Bill Klemm Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Scientific and philosophical fashion these days is to claim that humans have no free will. That is, we are basically biological robots, driven to our thoughts, beliefs, ... Read on »
Eight Core Principles of Effective Memory by Bill Klemm Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health 1. When information is first acquired, it is tagged for its potential importance or value. 2. Such tagging is influenced by multiple factors such as attent ... Read on »
How Advertisers Get You to Remember Ads by Bill Klemm Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health In the last couple of columns I have been explaining how stereotyping affects performance. For example if seniors buy into the stereotype that they are supposed to have ... Read on »
Knowing What You Know. How It Matters by Bill Klemm Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Whoever said "what you don't know can't hurt you" needs to rethink the position. Knowing what you don't know keeps you from learning what you need to know or would benef ... Read on »
Age Stereotypes and Memory by Bill Klemm Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Remember when you were a child and adults seemed to always be saying, "You are too young. Wait till you get older." Or, they said, "You will understand this better when ... Read on »
Memory Aggravates Relational Pain. There Is a Treatment by Bill Klemm Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health It’s that time of year for making New Year’s resolutions, and I am inspired to write this on January 1 because good resolutions can result. I never thought about the pai ... Read on »
Memory and Location, Location, Location by Bill Klemm Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health When you remember first meeting the love of your life, do you also have a strong memory of where you both were and also where you were in relation to objects in the scen ... Read on »
The Role of Research Funding in Education Practice by Bill Klemm Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health If we learn anything about educational policy, we should learn that what we have tried over the last couple of decades to improve student achievement doesn’t work very w ... Read on »
Does Music Help Memory? by Bill Klemm Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health When I was in veterinary medical school, I could often be found lounging in the fraternity living room listening to jazz records. My classmates were stunned that I was w ... Read on »
Turning Off Depression Triggers by Bill Klemm Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health It’s normal to get depressed. Let’s face it, a lot of life experience IS depressing. Depression that is severe enough to be considered a clinical malady is a state that ... Read on »
Weight Gain Hurts Memory in Older Women by Bill Klemm Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health The more a woman weighs, the worse her memory. No, I am not a chauvinist pig. This claim comes from actual research—by a woman, no less. Diana Kerwin and her colleagues at ... Read on »
New Strategy for More Efficient Learning by Bill Klemm Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health In 1913, Ebbinghaus demonstrated that spacing learning out over time creates much more efficient learning than cramming a learning task into a single intense session. No ... Read on »
Happy Thoughts Can Make You More Competent by Bill Klemm Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness:” some people might argue that the U.S. Constitution endorses hedonism, and indeed many politicians want to ignore or get ri ... Read on »
Landmark Research: Why We Need to Get Enough Sleep by Bill Klemm Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health In other blog posts I have explained why sleep is good for the brain in general and memory formation in particular. Now a new discovery provides another reason for peopl ... Read on »
Brain Exercise Works by Bill Klemm Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Most people now have been told that mental activity is good for the brain. I have even posted information that it can build “cognitive reserve” that can delay or reduce ... Read on »
Thinking Is the Best Way to Memorize by Bill Klemm Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health People frequently ask me “What’s the best way to improve my memory? (or … my child’s memory? … my elderly parent’s memory?). The answer most commonly given is to use mem ... Read on »
Learning To Be Stressed by Bill Klemm Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health People are constantly exposed to stressful situations. These may be physical (like participating in marathons, being exposed to radiation, and, perhaps surprisingl ... Read on »
Does Humor Make You Live Longer? by Bill Klemm Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health I just attended a “Laughter is Good Medicine” seminar put on by a local hospital. The speaker pointed to evidence showing that laughing has such good effects as: ... Read on »
Older People Make Better Decisions by Bill Klemm Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health In an earlier post, I reviewed research showing that seniors compensate for any loss of memory ability by having developed learning and memory schemas over the years. Su ... Read on »