Research on contemplative practices and their larger context can take various pathways, but as a methodology, one key method is neurophenomenology, an approach that fully acknowledges the mutual importance of an account of experience from within experience, along with measures, such as behavioral data and brain imaging, that purport to stand outside experience.  Developed especially by scholars and scientists from Europe, this approach reflects a larger vision of how to engage in contemplative research. Inspired by the methodological, scientific and philosophical underpinnings of neurophenomenology, this larger vision of contemplative research lies at the heart of Mind and Life Europe (MLE).  This panel explores the crucial role that an interdisciplinary research community plays in contemplative research, and how perspectives emerging from enactive and systems-based approaches to the study of mind, body and society are central to the ethos for this work. Leaders in the MLE community will reflect on the process of building this type of research community, and the specific case of neurophenomenology will be explored in the context of ongoing, empirical studies.

John Dunne, PhD

University of Wisconsin-Madison

John Dunne’s work focuses on Buddhist philosophy and contemplative practice, especially in dialog with Cognitive Science. His publications range from technical works on Buddhist epistemology to broader works on the … MORE

Amy Cohen Varela

Mind & Life Europe

Amy Cohen Varela is Chairperson of the Mind & Life Europe Board and involved with Mind and Life since its inception. She is also a clinical psychologist specialized in psychodynamic … MORE

Antoine Lutz, PhD

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Discussant, Fellow, Reviewer

Antoine Lutz, PhD is an Associate Scientist at the Laboratory For Functional Brain Imaging and Behavior at the Waisman Center in the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests focus on … MORE

Andreas Roepstorff, PhD

Aarhus University

Fellow, Grantee, Reviewer

Andreas Roepstorff, Ph.D. is Professor, Center of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience and Department of Social Anthropology, Aarhus University / Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark. As an anthropologist in neuroscience, Andreas tries to … MORE