Clifford Saron is a research scientist at the Center for Mind and Brain and MIND Institute at the University of California, Davis. He received his Ph.D. in neuroscience from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1999. In the early 1990s, he coordinated field research investigating Tibetan Buddhist mind training under the auspices of the private office of H. H. the Dalai Lama and the Mind & Life Institute. He has served on the Mind & Life Program and Research Council and been faculty at Mind & Life Summer Research Institutes in both Garrison, New York, and Chiemsee, Germany. Saron is principal investigator of the Shamatha Project, a mixed-methods multidisciplinary longitudinal investigation of the effects of long-term intensive meditation on physiological and psychological processes central to well- being, attention, emotion regulation, and health. It was conceived with and taught by Alan Wallace in collaboration with a large consortium of researchers at University of California, Davis and elsewhere. In 2012, Saron and his team were awarded the inaugural Templeton Prize Research Grant in honor of H. H. the Dalai Lama to continue this work. Recently, his group has also examined effects of one-month insight meditation retreats at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Saron’s other research area focuses on uni- and multisensory processing in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to better understand individual differences in how these children experience their daily sensory environments. Saron is also part of a study at University of California, San Francisco of mindfulness-based interventions for mothers of children with ASD.

At the 2018 International Symposium for Contemplative Research, Mind & Life presented Saron with its inaugural Service Award.

Read our tribute to Dr. Saron and his nearly three decades of service to Mind & Life on our blog »

This profile was last updated on December 20, 2019

Mind & Life Connections

2019

2019 Summer Research Institute Session

Interdisciplinary Panel: Translating Neuroscience

Moderators: Andrew Dreitcer, Elissa Epel
Panel: Anil Seth, Clifford Saron, Daniel Siegel, Lawrence Barsalou, Yoona Kang, Norman Farb, Elissa Epel

Topics: Brain & Cognitive Science | Education

Blog

Clifford Saron: Embracing the Mystery

Mind and Life Institute • May 14, 2019

Topics: Brain & Cognitive Science | Contemplative Wisdom

2018
2017

Mind & Life Videos

MLI XXXII Vusi Concert

Mind and Life Institute • August 19, 2017

2017 Summer Research Institute Session

Part II – Transdisciplinary Research

Michael Lifshitz, Wendy Weber, Clifford Saron, Elizaveta Solomonova

Topics: Education | Interconnection

2016
2014

2014 International Symposium for Contemplative Studies Session

Concurrent Session 1 – Investigating the Phenomenal and Neurocognitive Matrix of Mindfulness-Related Practices

John Dunne, Amishi Jha, Antoine Lutz, Clifford Saron

Topics: Brain & Cognitive Science | Mindfulness

Think Tanks

Mindfulness Media Hype

Marieke van Vugt

Topics: Mindfulness

2012

Mind & Life Videos

Mind & Life XXV – Part 8

Mind and Life Institute • October 20, 2012

Topics: Contemplative Wisdom | Mindfulness | Stress & Resilience

Mind & Life Videos

Mind & Life XXV – Part 7

Mind and Life Institute • October 20, 2012

Topics: Contemplative Wisdom | Mindfulness | Stress & Resilience

Mind & Life Videos

Mind & Life XXV – Part 6

Mind and Life Institute • October 20, 2012

Topics: Contemplative Wisdom | Mindfulness | Stress & Resilience

2010
2009
1990

1990 Mind & Life Dialogue III

Emotions and Health

Topics: Contemplative Wisdom | Mental Health

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