I  have given hundreds of presentations 

to clubs, universities, professional meetings,

Royal Caribbean cruise line.


… also, toured as “Distinguished Lecturer”

for Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society


To make arrangements for your venue, contact

bill AT SIGN thankyoubrain.com 


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Specific Talks/Seminars

(Content can be adjusted for specific audiences)

“Memory Medic” 

Speech Topics:

I give keynote speeches in learning and memory. Example topics:

Memory in the Age of Google
Better Grades, Less Effort
Learning Skills Cycle
You Don’t Have to Be Stuck with a Bad Memory

Audience Benefits:

For Students: Better Grades. Less Effort

Students will learn:

  • The principles that govern formation of lasting memory
  • Key learning strategies
  • Specific mnemonics and memory strategies
  • How to take notes
  • How to reduce the things that interfere with remembering (including stress, lifestyle factors),

For Teachers: What Teachers Can Do to Help Students Remember

Teachers will learn:

  • What the Learning Skills Cycle  is, its main components, and how to optimize teaching for each component.
  • How to give memorable lectures
  • How to create memorable PowerPoints
  • How to teach in ways that help students retain information long term
  • Group learning concepts and strategies
  • How to shift from “sage on the stage” to “guide on the side.”

 “Aging Well” 

Speech Topics:

I give keynote speeches aging well. Example topics:

Get the Most Out of Life As You Age

Improve Your Memory for a Healthy Brain. Memory Is the Canary in Your Brain’s Coal Mine

10 Things Seniors Can Do to Stay Mentally Young


Audience Benefits:

Seniors will learn:

  • Psychological adjustment to aging
  • Exercise strategies
  • Meditation  and stress-reduction techniques
  • Diet and supplement advice
  • Memory rejuvenation techniques


“The Ghost in the Machine Materializes”

A general-audience presentation on mental biology, with emphasis on the currency of thought, consciousness (what it is, how it arises, what it does), sleep and dreaming, and how the new physics may revolutionize traditional neuroscience.

Originally sponsored by Sigma Xi, as part of its Distinguished Lecturer series.
See news release of presentation

 “Neuroscience and Religion” 

Possible audiences: church groups, pastor events, philosophy events,

college curriculum developers

Audience Benefits:

Audience will learn:

  • Why evolution debate is a side-show: why it is neuroscience that has to be accommodated
  • Specific ways that neuroscience and religion can inform each other
  • How faith applies in science too
  • How I teach these ideas in a college course
  • Specifics related to such topics as  evolution of the brain, implications of early hominids, consciousness, abortion, near-death experiences,  religious implications of “spooky physics”
  • What a 21st Century religion might look like

Other Current Topics

Science and Religion (maybe, depending on the venue) …  reminding people of faith what science knows and scientists what they don’t know

Armadillos, Wonders of Nature

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Presentations in the past:

Several every year for 45 years, including:

General Public

  • Cruise ship, Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas
  • Numerous talks to seniors groups on aging
  • Student groups on learning and memory


  • National Security Agency
  • U.S. Air Force:  Numerous research and development presentations at Headquarters, U.S. Air Force Human Systems Division


  • Teacher professional development workshops, National Inst. Environmental Health Sciences; multiple school districts
  • Science teacher state and national conferences, multiple talks
  • Numerous invitations to speak on using computer conferencing in education in U.S. Europe, and Australia
  • Texas Middle School Association: most of last 10 years
  • National Science Teachers: most of last 10 years
  • Keynote Speaker, Learning and Brain Conference, San Francisco

Banquet speaker, Sigma Xi Chapters

  • Corpus Christi/Kingsville
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Beaumont, Texas
  • Houston, Texas
  • Waco, Texas
  • Oahu, Hawaii
  • Hilo, Hawaii
  • Martin, Tennessee
  • Fairfield, CT
  • Albuquerque, NM


  • Keynote Speaker, Conference on Consciousness, India
  • Society for Neuroscience: most years for the last 25 years
  • Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology and Medicine: about 15 annual meetings
  • American Physiological Soc.: about 10 annual meetings
  • Paris, France: Invited speaker, conference on “Temporal Coding in the Brain”
  • Archamps, France: Invitation to present computer conferencing talks at Neurope Lab
  • Stockholm, Sweden: Invited Co-chair, Symposium on Glycoconjugates in Alcoholism,
  • Holderness School, New Hampshire: Invited participant, Gordon Conference on Water,
  • Ramon y Cajal Center, Madrid, Spain
  • Prague, Czechoslovak Academy of Science
  • Pecs, Hungary: Hungarian Academy of Science
  • Toulouse, France: College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Fed. Rep. Germany: Federal Agricultural Center
  • Lubbock, Texas: annual convention of the Texas Association of Registrars and Admissions Officers
  • Dallas, Texas: Invited speaker, American Association for Adult & Continuing Education
  • Oxnard, CA.; Invited contributor, Gordon Conference on Alcohol, Oxnard, California
  • Ventura, Ca.: Invited participant, Gordon Conference on Alcohol
  • Sarasota, Fl.: Event-Related Potentials
  • Knoxville, Tn: Invited speaker and co-founder, Consortium for Affordable and Accessible Distance Education
  • Steamboat Springs, Colo.: Invited speaker, conference on “Neuroadaptive Mechanisms of Ethanol
  • Chicago,ILL.: Chairman, Session on Behavior, Federation Meetings

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Sample Streaming Video Presentations

TEDx overview of my college course on “Neuroscience and Religion,” 18 mins


Stress and 10 Ways to copehttps://youtu.be/5HaIeLbKZ3Q


Selected course lectures from “Core Ideas in Neuroscience”

Introduction to Neuroscience: (part of an on-line college course)


Learning and Memory, parts 1 and 2: (part of an on-line college course)



Spooky Physics:” (part of an on-line college course)


TV station interview on memory improvement 
http://peer.tamu.edu/presentations.asp Click on “Memory Medic”

 … Discusses how I became interested in the subject of memory and becoming a neuroscientist, and discusses his new e-book         entitled, “Better Grades, Less Effort” which deals with practical techniques on improving long-term memory which helps students make better grades.

Short promotional on my book, “Atoms of Mind”

Scientific Method

http://peer.tamu.edu/presentations.asp Click on Scientific Method. Downloads a wmv file.
… Discussion of scientific method including hypotheses, experimental design, interpretation of results, and the drawing of conclusions.

Explanation of clinical trial research

Inquiry Learning
… Discussion of scientific method including hypotheses, experimental design, interpretation of results, and the drawing of conclusions.ck on Video part 1 (career advice) (16 minutes), part 2 (15 minutes). These download as wmv files
Part 1:  What Scientists Are Like: Common Misperceptions – This video presents one scientist’s impression of what the scientists are like that he has known over the last 50 years.
Part 2:  Inquiry Learning: How Scientists Think – The description should be: “This video summarizes the scientific method in terms of how scientists generate, approach, and study problems. Other features include discussion of three common interpretation errors and the role of theories in science.

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