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Zen Brain: Exploring The Connection Between Neuroscience And Meditation | Awaken

Zen Brain: Exploring The Connection Between Neuroscience And Meditation | Awaken | Contemplative Science | Scoop.it

Roshi Joan Halifax discusses the Zen Brain retreats at the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The theme for the next Zen Brain program is Emotions, Equanimity, and the Embodied Mind, and is scheduled for January 12-15, 2012.

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Educational games to train middle schoolers’ attention, empathy

Educational games to train middle schoolers’ attention, empathy | Contemplative Science | Scoop.it

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awared a $1.39 million grant to researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to design educational video games that foster empathy, cooperation, mental focus, and self-control. Kurt Squire, an associate professor at the School of Education and director of the Games Learning Society Initiative, and Richard Davidson, director of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, will lead the project, drawing upon insights gained from Davidson's contemplative neuroscience research.

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The Tree of Contemplative Practices

The Tree of Contemplative Practices | Contemplative Science | Scoop.it

The Tree illustrates some of the contemplative practices that have been developed over the past few thousand years, drawn from those mentioned by survey respondents in research undertaken by the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society.

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Bridging the hemispheres in meditation: Thicker callosal regions and enhanced fractional anisotropy (FA) in long-term practitioners

Bridging the hemispheres in meditation: Thicker callosal regions and enhanced fractional anisotropy (FA) in long-term practitioners | Contemplative Science | Scoop.it

"Recent findings suggest a close link between long-term meditation practices and the structure of the corpus callosum...Thicker callosal regions and enhanced [fractional anisotropy] FA in meditators might indicate greater connectivity, possibly reflecting increased hemispheric integration during cerebral processes involving (pre)frontal regions. Such a brain organization might be linked to achieving characteristic mental states and skills as associated with meditation, though this hypothesis requires behavioral confirmation."

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Zen meditation and access to information in the unconscious | Consciousness and Cognition

Zen meditation and access to information in the unconscious | Consciousness and Cognition | Contemplative Science | Scoop.it

Abstract: In two experiments and two different research paradigms, we tested the hypothesis that Zen meditation increases access to accessible but unconscious information. Zen practitioners who meditated in the lab performed better on the Remote Associate Test (RAT; Mednick, 1962) than Zen practitioners who did not meditate. In a new, second task, it was observed that Zen practitioners who meditated used subliminally primed words more than Zen practitioners who did not meditate. Practical and theoretical implications are discussed.

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The Science of Compassion: Origins, Measures and Interventions | The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education

The Science of Compassion: Origins, Measures and Interventions | The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education | Contemplative Science | Scoop.it

"There has never been an international conference dedicated to scientific inquiry into compassion from multiple methodological perspectives. An adaptive pro-social emotion and a virtuous trait broadly condoned across humanistic and spiritual traditions, compassion has only recently gained the attention of science. The Science of Compassion: Origins, Measures and Interventions conference will provide an unprecedented opportunity for expert and aspiring researchers to review theoretical foundations, study approaches, data, and compassion-training approaches, to exchange and debate ideas, and to realize consensus towards conceptually aligned, synergistic approaches to demonstrating empirically how compassion can improve public health."

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Why Doctors Should Practice Mindful Meditation

Why Doctors Should Practice Mindful Meditation | Contemplative Science | Scoop.it
Mindfulness meditation doesn't just lower stress and regulate our emotions -- it could also improve a doctor's ability to care for his or her patient, according to a new study.
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Developmental Contemplative Science meeting

Developmental Contemplative Science meeting | Contemplative Science | Scoop.it

Developmental Contemplative Science pre-conference meeting, 29-30 May 2012. In advance of the Jean Piaget Society's annual conference, this meeting will examine how age-appropriate contemplative practices, like compassion meditation and mindfulness training, may be used to support healthy development of core functions like attention, emotion regulation, executive function, and social perspective taking.

 

Speakers include Jon Kabat-Zinn, Richard Davidson, Jacqueline Eccles, Phil Zelazo, Adele Diamond, and Carl Johnson.

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A New Component of US Military Combat Preparedness: Meditation

A New Component of US Military Combat Preparedness: Meditation | Contemplative Science | Scoop.it

"Between 2004 and 2008, suicide rates among U.S. Army personnel increased by 80 percent, according to a study published in the medical journal Injury Prevention. Prior to committing suicide, many military members completed tours of duty in Iraq or Afghanistan and suffered from anxiety disorders, PTSD, and substance-abuse disorders." Rather than simply offer improved mental health services to returning veterans, the Mind-Fitness Training Institute (MFTI), a non-profit organization located in Alexandria, Virginia, is providing a new kind of resilience training to soldiers and civilian emergency responders before they deploy: mindfulness meditation.

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Dalai Lama Donates $200,000 to the Mind & Life Institute

Dalai Lama Donates $200,000 to the Mind & Life Institute | Contemplative Science | Scoop.it

After becoming the 40th receipient of the Templeton Prize, the Dalai Lama announced his intention to donate $200,000 of the prize money to the Mind and Life Institute. Mind and Life is a non-profit organization dedicated to the understanding of the human mind and the mental, physical, social, and emotional benefits of contemplative practice. The Dalai Lama has been a consistent supporter of Mind and Life's mission to support rigorous, multidisciplinary scientific investigations of the mind and the integration of first and third person modes of investigation.

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Conference Recordings Offer Mindfulness-Based Tools for Educators, Counselors, and Parents

Conference Recordings Offer Mindfulness-Based Tools for Educators, Counselors, and Parents | Contemplative Science | Scoop.it

The University of California San Diego's School of Medicine and Center for Mindfulness, along with Stressed Teens, hosted the Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth conference in February 2012 to consider mindfulness practice for youth in educational, clinical, and community settings. Audio and video recordings of the event are now available.

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Role of Meditation in Brain Development Gains Scientific Support

Role of Meditation in Brain Development Gains Scientific Support | Contemplative Science | Scoop.it
The role of meditation in brain development has been linked to the idea of increased cognitive capabilities.
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Track Your Happiness

Track Your Happiness | Contemplative Science | Scoop.it

"Track your happiness is a new scientific research project that investigates what makes life worth living. Using this site, you'll be able to track your happiness and find out what factors - for you personally - are associated with greater happiness." Download the app and you will receive a brief survey at random times throughout your day, ultimately generating a personalized report about the situations, activities, and mental states that are associated, for you, with feelings of well-being or distress. Of particular interest to meditators, the app monitors mood in relation to the amount of attention you are devoting to whatever you are currently doing.

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VA testing whether meditation can help treat PTSD | Washington Post

VA testing whether meditation can help treat PTSD | Washington Post | Contemplative Science | Scoop.it

Seeking new ways to treat post-traumatic stress, the Department of Veterans Affairs is studying the use of transcendental meditation. Operation Warrior Wellness is an initiative funded by the David Lynch Foundation, a charitable organization founded by the American filmmaker and longterm TM practitioner.

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Training the Emotional Brain : An Interview with Richard J. Davidson | Sam Harris

Training the Emotional Brain : An Interview with Richard J. Davidson | Sam Harris | Contemplative Science | Scoop.it
Sam Harris, neuroscientist and author of the New York Times bestsellers, The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, and The Moral Landscape.

 

"Richard J. Davidson is the William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Director of the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior and the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience, and Founder and Chair of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Psychology and has published more than 275 scientific papers, many chapters and reviews, and edited 13 books. He is the author of the new book (with Sharon Begley) The Emotional Life of Your Brain. Richie (as he is known to his friends) has done more to bring the study of mental well-being into the 21st century than anyone I can think of. He was kind enough to answer a few questions about his work."

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International Symposia for Contemplative Studies

International Symposia for Contemplative Studies | Contemplative Science | Scoop.it
International Symposia for Contemplative Studies – A collaborative effort among Centers and Laboratories around the world that explore the correlates and consequences of contemplative practice.
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