Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and member of Contemplative Studies core faculty, Dr. Catherine Kerr recently gave an insightful interview regarding the portrayal of mindfulness research in the media. The interview, appearing in Tricycle, details how the mainstream media has "cherry-picked" studies, and really hasn't thoroughlly investigated or reported on the studies that are out there.
The Brown University School of Public Health announces a new research project related to Contemplative Studies, "Identifying Targets for Reducing Obseity Caused by Early Life Disadvantage." Socioeconomic disadvantage and social adversity during early childhood substantially increase risk for adulthood obseity. The results of the proposed study will provide evidence on the pathways (e.g.
It's not too late to sign up for the Contemplative Studies Summer Intensive program, featuring the following courses, "Introduction to Contemplative Studies," "Meditation and the Brain: Applications in Basic and Clinical Science," and "Contemplative Approaches to Living and Dying." More information, including fees and how to enroll, can be found here.
The College Curriculum Council has approved Contemplative Studies as a scholarly concentration, the first of its kind in North America. The concentration will have two main tracks, one focused on the sciences, and the other on the humanities. Both tracks require coursework in neuroscience, cognitive science as well as philosophy and religion. For more details, please check out the Brown Daily Herald article announcing the news.