Contemplative Studies Initiative

The Contemplative Studies Initiative is a group of Brown faculty with diverse academic specializations who are united around a common interest in studying the underlying philosophy, psychology, and phenomenology of contemplative experience, across time, cultures and traditions.

We have developed a multidisciplinary curriculum of courses in three major areas of Contemplative Studies: Sciences, Humanities, and the Creative Arts. Many of these courses follow the principles of Integrated Contemplative Pedagogy, a teaching method that combines traditional third-person academic approaches with critical first-person approaches. Students who wish to create their concentration in Contemplative Studies take a group of core courses as they pursue a focused program of study in one of these three areas through an Independent Concentration .

The Contemplative Studies Initiative also pursues an active program of contemplative scientific research through the Clinical and Affective Neuroscience Lab, the Translational Neuroscience Lab, and the Laboratory for Clinical and Perceptual Learning. Student lab members present their research in a bi-annual research symposium, and publish scientific articles of their work. 

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Please check out our new video showcasing the initiative below.