The “Translating Neuroscience” panel will explore how to accurately and accessibly convey to the non-scientific public the discoveries of scientific research around contemplative practice while maintaining the integrity and accuracy of the research. Specifically, we will focus on the promises and challenges of communicating complex ideas from neuroscience and cognitive science about the nature of the brain and cognition to lay or non-specialist audiences. Moderated by: Andrew Dreitcer & Elissa Epel


Andrew Dreitcer, MDiv, PhD

Claremont School of Theology

Convening Faculty, Planning Committee Member

Andrew Dreitcer is Professor of Spirituality, Director of Spiritual Formation, Director of the D.Min in “Spiritual Renewal, Contemplative Practice, and Strategic Leadership,” and co-directs the Center for Engaged Compassion at … MORE

Elissa Epel, PhD

University of California, San Francisco

Convening Faculty, Fellow, Planning Committee Member, Reviewer

Elissa Epel, Ph.D, is a Professor, and Vice Chair, in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, at University of California, San Francisco. She studies psychological, social, and behavioral pathways … MORE

Panel Members

Lawrence Barsalou

University of Glasgow

Convening Faculty

Norman Farb, PhD

University of Toronto Mississauga

Fellow, Grantee, Reviewer

Yoona Kang, PhD

University of Pennsylvania

Convening Faculty, Grantee, Reviewer

Clifford Saron, PhD

University of California, Davis

Convening Faculty, Fellow, Planning Committee Member

Anil Seth, Ph.D.

University of Sussex, UK

Convening Faculty

Daniel Siegel, MD

UCLA School of Medicine