Evan Thompson

Evan Thompson is Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia. He studies the mind, life, consciousness, and the self, from the perspectives of cognitive science, philosophy of mind, phenomenology, and cross-cultural philosophy (especially Buddhism and other Indian philosophical traditions). He co-authored The Embodied Mind (1991) with Francisco Varela and Eleanor Rosch; his books include …

Helen Weng

Helen Y. Weng, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and neuroscientist, and her research focuses on the neural mechanisms of how meditation practices may improve social behavior and mental health. Her current work involves adapting research methodology to increase diverse representation in the neuroscience of meditation from a social justice perspective. This includes using community engagement …

Juan Santoyo

Juan is an early-career researcher from Colombia who works in neuroscience and contemplative research. His training has involved studying the neurophysiological dynamics underlying meditation training and sensory perception in humans, and the structure and dynamics of sensory systems in mice. Through this, he has been involved in the development of strategies for neurophenomenological research as …

Norman Farb

Norman Farb is an associate professor in psychology at the University of Toronto Mississauga, where he directs the Regulatory and Affective Dynamics laboratory (www.radlab.zone). A Fellow at the Mind & Life Institute, he studies the social neuroscience of the self and human emotion, with a focus on how biases in self-representation shape emotions to determine …

Laura Schmalzl

Laura Schmalzl is an associate professor at Southern California University of Health Sciences, where she teaches neuroscience, research methods, and yoga foundations for healthcare professionals. Laura initially trained as a clinical neuropsychologist before completing a Ph.D. in cognitive science and post-doctoral work in cognitive neuroscience as well as behavioral medicine. Alongside her academic work, she …

Yoona Kang

Yoona Kang’s research investigates psychological and neural mechanisms that support the development and changes in social cognition, emotions, and health outcomes. Her main research interests are in 1) linking social cognitive and affective processing in the brain to health outcomes across various developmental stages, and 2) designing intervention strategies that guide adaptive changes in social …

Doris F. Chang

Doris F. Chang is Associate Professor at NYU Silver School of Social Work and a research scientist at the Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence, New York State Psychiatric Institute. A clinical psychologist by training, her research seeks to improve the well-being of racial and ethnic minorities by a) clarifying the role of race, ethnicity, …

Amit Bernstein

Born in Israel, Amit Bernstein grew up in the U.S. He studied at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, the University of Vermont, the Palo Alto VA, and the Stanford University School of Medicine. Today, he is a professor of psychology at the University of Haifa. With his students in the Observing Minds Lab, he studies …

Nuño Aguirre de Cárcer

After graduating on General and Comparative Literature, I completed my PhD on the literary expressions of contemplative practice, studying how philosophical and psychological influences from Hindu and Buddhist practices become written works in contemporary authors.I completed my studies with a Postgraduate Diploma in Buddhist Studies from South Wales University (UK) and a Postgraduate Course on …