This October, Richard Davidson, Ph.D., spoke at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University. Mindful.org posts the video (90 min) here - watch to hear Davidson speak about the early days of contemplative neuroscience, and how our understanding of the neural mechanisms and effects of meditation has evolved since then. He also discusses conceptual and methodological issues in the study of meditation, and perhaps most progressive - how to practice both science and dharma (Humility in science, anyone?). Explicit recommendations include: time for daily practice in the lab, time for extended retreats as part of graduate training, and collaborative conversations with contemplative scholars.
Via Eileen Cardillo