Lecture by Richard Davidson at Old Cabell Hall

(Hosted by Jason)  The UVA Contemplative Sciences Center Presents: Richard J Davidson, founder of The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison and author of The Emotional Life of Your Brain.

Change your brain by transforming your mind: Neuroscientific studies of meditation

This talk will present an overview of studies conducted in Richard's laboratory over the past 6 years on neural changes associated with different forms of meditation. Distinctions among three major forms of meditation practice will be made: Focused Attention; Open Monitoring; and Positive Affect Training. These different forms of meditation have different neural and behavioral effects. From the perspective of Western neuroscience, different forms of meditation can be conceptualized as mental training to promote the regulation of emotion and attention. Data from studies on long-term meditation practitioners as well as those with shorter durations of training will be highlighted. In addition, some longitudinal studies that track changes over time with meditation practice will be reviewed. In addition to the neural changes that have been observed, this talk will also summarize changes that have been found in peripheral biology that may modulate physical health and illness. The central brain circuitry of emotion is especially implicated in peripheral biological changes that have consequences for health. The overall conclusions from these studies is that one can transform the mind through meditation and thereby alter the brain and the periphery in ways that may be beneficial for mental and physical health, and for well-being.

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  • Victoria S.

    Loved the talk! Ended up buying the book lol

    September 20, 2013

  • Hunter P.

    My brain is perfect so I don't need to go.

    1 · September 20, 2013

  • Karen H.

    I've been stuck in accident traffic-I don't want to walk in late so I'm going to have to give this one a miss:/

    September 20, 2013

    • cofffeee

      Do come if you can

      September 20, 2013

  • Victoria S.

    I went ahead and picked up 2 tickets just in case someone forgot to bring theirs/will call one. Let me know the day of/day before if you need it!

    1 · September 16, 2013

  • cofffeee

    Event starts at Noon. You should pick up your ticket from will call by 11:45 am. I'll be there from 11:30 on. Text me at nine one seven, seven nine six, four three three four if you can't find me.

    September 15, 2013

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