Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research Invites Oregonians to Free Lecture: Improve Your Health By Understanding Your Brain

Neuroscientist and Award-Winning Author David Eagleman to Deliver Saward Lecture

October 31, 2012 -- The Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research will host its annual Saward Lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, November 26, 2012, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Tickets are free but required. You can request tickets online at kpchr.org/saward, or by calling 503-335-2466.

This year’s speaker is David Eagleman, PhD, a neuroscientist and the author of Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Unconscious Brain (Pantheon, 2011), which became a New York Times bestseller and was named a Book of the Year by Amazon, Goodreads, The Houston Chronicle, and The Boston Globe.

Dr. Eagleman’s talk is titled “You are what you think: Understanding how your brain controls your behavior, and how you can use that knowledge to improve your health.”

“We are excited to be bringing such a dynamic and thought-provoking scientist to Portland for this year’s Saward Lecture,” said Mary L. Durham, PhD, director of the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research. “If you’ve had a chance to hear David Eagleman on the radio or on television, you know how effectively he can discuss complex scientific subjects, such as how our unconscious thoughts impact our behavior.”

David Eagleman has joint appointments in the departments of Neuroscience and Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He is the founder and director of Baylor College of Medicine’s Initiative on Neuroscience and Law.

His other works of neuroscience include Wednesday is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia (MIT Press, 2009); Live-Wired: The Dynamically Reorganizing Brain (Oxford University Press, upcoming 2012); and Cognitive Neuroscience (Oxford University Press, upcoming 2013, co-authored with Jonathan Downar).

Dr. Eagleman has written for the New York Times, Discover Magazine, The Atlantic, The Week, Slate, Wired, and New Scientist, and he appears regularly on National Public Radio and the BBC to discuss new and important developments in science. He has been profiled in The New Yorker and on Nova.

A Guggenheim Fellow, Dr. Eagleman has also published a work of fiction, Sum, which became an international bestseller, has been translated into 27 languages, and was named a Best Book of the Year by Barnes and Noble, New Scientist, and the Chicago Tribune.

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