Prejudice and discrimination have destructive consequences in contemporary society. Discrimination based on social categorization (e.g., by gender, age or ethnicity) is thought to stem from implicit and explicit expression of in-group bias, a preference for others who belong to one’s own salient social categories. Existing theories are limited in explaining how to limit the effects of such bias on social behavior, decision making, and well-being. This Mind & Life Think Tank will integrate perspectives from contemplative studies, the humanities, psychology, and neuroscience to better understand how to overcome in-group bias and its expression as prejudice. We will explore the potential for embodied contemplative practices to disrupt automatic categorization of others and promote prosocial behavior. Deliverables include an integrated theoretical model that introduces new practical measures and techniques for reducing bias and prejudice.


Bo Forbes, PsyD

Center for Integrative Yoga Therapeutics


Norman Farb, PhD

University of Toronto Mississauga

Fellow, Grantee

Norman Farb is an assistant professor in psychology at the University of Toronto Mississauga, where he directs the Regulatory and Affective Dynamics laboratory ( A Fellow at the Mind & … MORE

David Vago, PhD

Vanderbilt University

Convening Faculty, Fellow, Grantee, PPC Member

Dr. David Vago is Research Associate Professor and Director of the Contemplative Neuroscience and Mind-Body (CNMB) Research Laboratory in the Department of Psychology at Vanderbilt University. He is core training … MORE

Christine Wilson-Mendenhall, PhD

Northeastern University



Gregory Cajete

University of New Mexico

Jim Coan, PhD

University of Virginia

William Cunningham, PhD

University of Toronto

John Dunne, PhD

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Aneeta Rattan, PhD

London Business School