Friday Oct 20, 2017

"Zombie Brain Science"

Ralf Geenwald Ph. D.

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology - Director of Experimental Psyhology Master's Program Central Washington University

Introduced by: Ann Norman

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Dr. Greenwald will give an educational talk about the human brain, using the fictional zombies of the TV show “The Walking Dead” as a model for understanding normal and abnormal brain function.

About the Speaker

Dr. Greenwald holds a Ph.D in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Texas at Dallas. He is an award-winning teacher who works in the Psychology department at Central Washington University. Dr. Greenwald is the Director of the Brain Dynamics and Cognitive Neuroscience lab at CWU and studies the brain processes of various cognitive phenomena including working memory, attention and music cognition. Currently, he is also the director of the Experimental Psychology Graduate program at CWU.

One of Dr. Greenwald's new areas of interest is critical thinking, working memory and brain processing. They want to investigate how teaching techniques that foster critical thinking may alter brain electrophysiology and working memory. This project is in conjunction with the Department of Biology and Science Education at CWU. In addition, Ralf’s lab is also working on projects centered on the psychology of various aspects of online gaming and is in the process of creating a music cognition research group. Dr. Greenwald’s lab team consists of both undergraduate and graduate students that are engaged at all levels of research. Students in the lab have been authors of conference presentations and scientific manuscripts.