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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 Gimmicks 4. Story Chains by Bill Klemm Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health As we took our hour and a half drive to Houston, my granddaughter was practicing a school assignment of memorizing the names of the first 10 presidents. By the time we g ... Read on »
Handwritten Notes Lead to Better Learning by Bill Klemm Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health In response to the trend to abolish teaching of cursive in schools, about a year ago I posted an article on what I thought were the developmental benefits of handwriting ... Read on »
Memory Athlete Gimmicks for Memory Wimps. Tip 3: SVO by Bill Klemm Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health "Moon Walking with Einstein" is the title of a recent memory improvement book written by Joshua Foer, a reporter of memory championships. Foer became so entranced by wat ... Read on »
Educational Reform. Why It Is Not Working. by Bill Klemm Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health The chart below is telling: SAT scores have been flat for over 40 years while education spending has increased 140%. Though this is Texas, I have seen similar data for o ... Read on »
Naps and learning competencies by Bill Klemm Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health I have written before about research that clearly demonstrates improved learning after sleep. Sleep promotes the "consolidation" of recently acquired short-term memories ... Read on »
Health Benefits of Resveratrol: New Plaudits by Bill Klemm Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Joe: My doctor told me to give up drinking, smoking, and fatty foods. Sam: What will you do? Joe: I think I’ll give up my doctor. I try not to get too ... Read on »
Memory Athlete Gimmicks. TIP 2: Composite Flash Card by Bill Klemm Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Teaching, learning, and remembering don’t have to be complicated. In my previous Memory Athlete" Tip #1, I described a strategy based on linking mental images to particu ... Read on »
Jazz Changes the Brain by Bill Klemm Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health To follow up my prior post on jazz, I just read a scientific report published last week that suggests that training of musical creativity in jazz causes long-lasting change ... Read on »
What Jazz Can Do for Your Brain and Memory by Bill Klemm Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health I just got back from my second trip to the Katy Jazz festival, run by a school district just West of Houston. It was time for a jazz fix. You see, I am a jazz fan, and t ... Read on »
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 »