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Recent Advances in Contemplative Neuroscience
UNCW’s Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series (IRSS) on Mindfulness welcomes Patrick Foo, PhD, professor of psychology and coordinator of both the neuroscience minor and the Contemplative Inquiry Certificate Program at the University of North Carolina Asheville. Dr. Foo will guide us in learning about a quiet revolution growing within the young field of neuroscience---contemplative neuroscience.
Recent advances allow us to ask big questions such as, “how does the brain generate one’s sense of self?” and “what is consciousness?” Only 15 years ago, the Dalai Lama’s invited talk at the annual Society for Neurosciences conference was met with considerable opposition, which was perhaps unsurprising given the lack of empirical evidence outlining the benefits of meditation and mindfulness at the time. In the subsequent decade, EEG and fMRI recordings of expert-level Tibetan monks have verified significant structural and functional adaptations associated with lifelong meditation practice. We will discuss these and other recent findings that form the basis of contemplative neuroscience.
This IRSS on Mindfulness seminar will be relevant to a variety of disciplines as well as intended for scholars, students, practitioners, and others interested in the science and practice of mindfulness.

Please join us on Wednesday, October 28 from 5:30-7:30pm (EST).

Oct 28, 2020 05:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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