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John Kabat-Zinn: Mindfulness Stress Reduction And Healing

JKZ speaks to Google audience on MBSR and its benefits to society – March 8, 2007 [vodpod id=Groupvideo.1496984&w=425&h=350&fv=%26rel%3D0%26border%3D0%26] more about "John Kabat-Zinn: Mindfulness Stress R…", posted with vodpod

Neuroplasticity and Meditation: Can the brain really change in response to meditation?

Dan Rather reports on the study of Meditation by Neuroscientists and the support of His Holiness, The Dalai Lama. One can also see the full report at the HDnet Mindscience program at the following link, HERE. [vodpod id=Groupvideo.1496976&w=425&h=350&fv=%26rel%3D0%26border%3D0%26] more about “Neuroplasticity: Dan Rather’s ‘Mind S…“, posted with vodpod Sara Lazar does a talk on Neuroplasticity…
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Attention and Meditation

There has been a lot of research now supporting the role of meditation in Cognitive processes like Attention, Working memory, and Affect or Emotion Regulation. 1. Here is the link for a report from the NCAAM website reporting on the Attentional Blink phenonmenon and how it may be affected by long-term meditation practice. A 2008…
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Meditation May Increase Empathy

Here are a few links for research supporting the claim that Meditation increases empathy. 1. NCCAM report citing Antoine Lutz’s 2008 PLosOne article. NCCAM site; Lutz article HERE 2. Tania Singer: a. The neuronal basis and ontogeny of empathy and mind reading: Review of literature and implications for future research; NaBR, 2006 article HERE; b.…
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Meditation for Health Purposes Workshop — July 8–9, 2008

The purpose of the meeting was to articulate potential goals and directions for research on the mechanisms and efficacy of meditation practices for a variety of health concerns. Experts from a range of disciplines and with a wide range of involvement in the field of meditation research were asked to critically examine the current state…
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Science Explores Meditation’s Effect on the Brain

Here is an NPR story from Morning Edition, July 26, 2005 and one from Morning Edition, August 21, 2008, and an earlier one from Morning Edition, March 1, 2007 NPR’s Allison Aubrey reports on the effects of mindfulness on emotion, autonomic responses like blood pressure, and brain plasticity. The article cites JKZ, from the UMASS…
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NIH Institutes and Centers Supporting Research on Meditation and Health

The NIH has been putting together resources for research scientists who are interested in studying the effects of meditation. Click HERE for the link or just go to: It is part of the office of behavioral science research

Meditation for Health Purposes

Check out this article by NIH NCCAM about meditation. Click Here. NCCAM thanks the following people for their technical expertise and review of this publication: Michael Baime, M.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; Richard Davidson, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison; Robert Schneider, M.D., Maharishi University of Management; and Catherine Stoney, Ph.D., Margaret Chesney, Ph.D., and…
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Greetings and Welcome to Contemplative Mind in Life

This Blog will serve to provide a cyber space for news dedicated to contempaltive research in the cognitive neurosciences, clinical sciences, developmental and social and health psychology, and education. Please contact me at if you have news that is relevant to the study of mind in life. You can also see what types of…
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