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Presidential Lecture Series

Presidential Lecture Series

Attn: Emily Zwick and Annie Jewell
New Student Services
Kansas State University
177 Berney Family Welcome Center
705 N. 17th Street
Manhattan, KS 66506






Am I in My Right Mind:  Understanding Right & Left Brain Dominance

Dr. Donita Whitney-Bammerlin, Instructor, College of Business Administration

In an organization, business, or agency, individuals must deal with other people at one time or another.  That human interaction can sometimes be difficult if individuals don’t understand one another.  These interactions may vary from the boardroom to the mailroom and from the manager’s office to the customer service desk.  This workshop will help you identify your own brain dominance, illustrate the social and cognitive tendencies of each dominance, and provide you with practical applications of ways to utilize the information for maximum benefit of your personal and professional communication.  With the insights gained from this workshop, you will learn how to better allocate your communication energy and assign the best roles and tasks to individuals where they can make the biggest contribution.  Do not miss this opportunity to discover what you value in yourself and how you can provide more effective leadership to others in your organization. 

Conditioning and Learning in Everyday Experience

Dr. Jerry Frieman, Professor of Psychological Sciences

The basic concepts of Pavlovian and operant conditioning are presented in the context of common everyday examples.

Memory and the Brain

Dr. Stephen Kiefer, Department Head of Psychological Sciences

In this lecture, we will discuss recent work that has been done, primarily in humans, that has identified specific brain structures with particular memory processes.  The base of this knowledge was traditionally from the unfortunate instances of brain trauma but newer techniques (e.g., functional magnetic resonance imaging or fMRI) have allowed us to look into the functioning brains of individuals with “normally” functioning brains. The goal of the presentation is to impart some of the newest knowledge that neuroscientists have gained about memory function but a large part of the lecture is answering questions.