The Meditative State

Saturday, March 12, 2016
2:30 - 4:30 pm

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What is meditation? As difficult as it may be to define this state of mind, its beneficial effects on mental and physical health are incontrovertible. What are the respective roles of conscious and unconscious processes in this voluntarily invoked mental state? How might the experience of meditation differ from trance and hypnotic states? What neuroscientific data can help us to understand how the brain, through the power of its own emergent product—the meditating mind—might alter its own functioning?

 

Participants:

Sara Lazar

Assistant Professor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School

Sara W. Lazar, Ph.D., is an Associate Researcher in the Psychiatry Department at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. The focus of her research is to elucidate the neural mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of yoga and meditation, both in clinical settings and in healthy individuals. She is a contributing author to Meditation… read more »

Peter Malinowski

Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, Liverpool John Moores University

Peter Malinowski, PhD, is the founding director of the Meditation and Mindfulness Research Group at the Research Centre for Brain and Behaviour, Liverpool John Moores University and Honorary Lecturer at the University of Liverpool. In his work he builds on his expertise in Cognitive Neuroscience and on his extensive experience in practicing and teaching meditation… read more »

Koshin Paley Ellison

Co-Founder of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care

Rev. Dr. Koshin Paley Ellison, MFA, LMSW, DMIN, cofounded the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, the first Zen-based organization to offer fully accredited ACPE clinical chaplaincy training in America, which delivers contemplative approaches to care through education, direct service, and meditation practice. Paley Ellison is the academic advisor for the Buddhist students in… read more »

Morgan Stebbins

Supervising Analyst, Jungian Psychoanalytic Association in New York

Morgan Stebbins was a supervising analyst, faculty member and Director of Training at the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association in New York, where he also maintains a private practice. He teaches Religious Studies and Hermeneutics at the New York Theological Seminary in the Pastoral Care and Counseling program. He began his Zen training at the San Francisco… read more »

Yi-Yuan Tang

Professor of Psychological Sciences, Texas Tech University

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Dr. Yi-Yuan Tang is a Professor of Psychological Sciences, Presidential Endowed Chair in Neuroscience at Texas Tech University and founding Director of Texas Tech Neuroimaging Institute. He is also Professor of Internal Medicine at TTU Health Science Center, Adjunct Professor of Psychology, University of Oregon. He is Fellow of Association for Psychological Sciences (APS), Fellow… read more »

4 comments on “The Meditative State

    1. Hello Sheryl,
      Just saw your query here. I will certainly speak in a way that is understandable for the general public, without specific scientific knowledge or understanding required. Knowing Sara and Yi-Yuan I would expect the same from them.

      Best wishes,
      Peter

  1. Hi Sheryl,

    Just found your question. I agree with Peter that we all try our best to speak and deliver the message in an easy way. Actually you can watch our roundtable discussion (The Meditative State) on youtube, the session style was understandable for the general public. Sometimes you may be stuck with few terms, but you could ignore them and grasp the main points. Psychology and neuroscience research have shown that human beings also have the capacity of intuitive understanding…

  2. Hi Sheryl,

    Just found your question. I agree with Peter that we all try our best to speak and deliver the message in an easy way. Actually you can watch our roundtable discussion (The Meditative State) on youtube, the session style was understandable for the general public. Sometimes you may be stuck with few terms, but you could ignore them and grasp the main points. Psychology and neuroscience research have shown that human beings also have the capacity of intuitive understanding…

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