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The Neurobiology of Self-Preoccupation

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 19, The Neurobiology of Self-Preoccupation,” Thursday, June 25, 2015, at 5:30pm at the Center, Callejón Blanco 4.

The Science of Mindfulness
Thu, Jun 25, 5:30pm
Meditation Center
Callejón Blanco 4
Free, donations accepted
415 111-0644

In this lecture you will explore the neurobiological effects of mindfulness meditation, including what happens in the brain when we experience our sense of self and how mindfulness practice can affect that process. Neurobiologists are discovering that mindfulness practices seem to train the brain in the direction encouraged by the world’s greatest wisdom teachings. The practices help us shift from thoughts focusing on improving things for “me” instead of being open to the present moment with acceptance. Mindfulness practice makes us happier and better able to deal with pain in the process. Topic headings: The Default Mode Network; Research on Meditation. Questions to consider:

1. What is the default network and what are its implications for understanding how we construct our sense of self?

2. What have neurobiologists learned about how experienced meditators experience and react to pain, compared to inexperienced ones?

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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