Inspiring Minds – November 2021

Our November conversation features Eric Garland and Durga Leela, with musician Geoffrey Menin. They discuss mindfulness and embodied practices for holistic healing.

The Critical Role of Behavioral Science in Climate Change

Elissa will discuss models of research for climate change mitigation.  A “strategic research” (use-inspired) model starts by working with stakeholders from the outset, and helps us identify goals to impact structural change.  The Science of Behavior Change initiative at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides a roadmap for high impact methods that also fit …

Plenary Panel: “Starting from Experience: Neurophenomenology and the Vision of Mind and Life Europe”

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 …

Keynote and Q&A: “Understanding Human Thought Through Dynamic Brain Systems”

Mind-wandering has recently come to occupy a central position in cognitive psychology and neuroscience. Most theories and research so far have examined it in terms of task-unrelated or stimulus-independent mental contents that occur at particular moments of time. A defining feature of mind-wandering, however, are its dynamics: how thought moves over time. In this talk, …

Inspiring Minds – April 2021

Our April conversation features Amishi Jha and Jon Kabat-Zinn, and cellist Barbara Bogatin. Learn more about the inner workings of the mind, and how to cultivate greater attention and wise action in how we conduct ourselves individually and collectively.

The role of the contemplative ecological education system in the development of social-emotional competencies during early childhood

In today’s world problems of low attention span, impulsivity and hyperactivity are affecting 2-7 % of children, with India reporting a higher than global estimates at 11%. Disturbances in regulating attention is believed to have a detrimental effect SEL competencies. Traditionally, the educational setups of ancient India were located in natural surroundings. Contemplative practices, and …

Examining Individual Differences in Contemplative Practice Response

As an intellectual tradition that codeveloped with Tibetan Buddhism for over a thousand years, Tibetan medicine has cultivated clinically-focused knowledge around tracking individual differences related to cognitive-affective patterns and their contingent contexts that impact health and illness in body and mind across the life course. In particular, Tibetan medicine places specific attention on the role …