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The Science of Mindfulness

Prof Ronald Siegel

By Frank Simons

The Meditation Center presents the video lecture series The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being from Great Courses, Lecture 9, Modifying Our Brain Function and Structure, Thursday, April 16 at 5:30pm at the Center, Callejón Blanco 4.

Modifying Our Brain Function and Structure
Thu, Apr 16, 5:30pm
Meditation Center
Callejón Blanco 4
Free, donations accepted

What exactly do we mean by brain structure and function? And how do these relate to the idea of the mind? Different philosophical schools and approaches posit different relationships between the constructs of the mind and brain. In this lecture, mind signifies the information being processed and our subjective experience in consciousness moment to moment. Brain, on the other hand, involves what’s going on in the underlying tissue structures. As you’ll learn in this lecture, the mind changes the brain and the brain changes the mind. Subjects discussed will be Studying the Brain, Neurology, Changes in Brain Function, and Changes in Brain Structure.

Questions to consider:

1. How have scientists changed their understanding of neuroplasticity in recent years, and what does research on the effects of meditation tell us about how the brain develops over a lifetime?

2. What are some of the challenging questions scientists need to consider in studying the effects of meditation practice on the brain?

Dr. Ronald D. Siegel is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance, where he has taught for more than 30 years, and an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Siegel is a longtime student of mindfulness practices, and serves on the board of directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.

There will be a discussion period after the video. Presentations of the Meditation Center are offered without charge. Donations are gratefully accepted.


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