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Meditation and the Brain: Applications in Basic and Clinical Science

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Course DatesWeeksMeeting TimesStatusInstructor(s)CRN
June 22, 2015 - August 07, 20157M,W 8:15-12:05POpenWilloughby Britton, Catherine Kerr, Eric Loucks, Jared LindahlN/A

Course Description

This course draws upon the multi-disciplinary expertise of four instructors to provide a detailed exploration of recent neuroscientific research on meditation combined with guided first-person experiential learning in various meditation practices. The course focuses on the cognitive, affective, and neurophysiological effects of meditation practices and their clinical applications in health, psychiatry and medicine. Because the science and psychology of meditation is largely derived from Buddhist meditation practices, we also carefully investigate the historical and philosophical contexts of traditional Buddhism, as well as the assumptions and agendas behind contemporary translations of Buddhist practices for the modern West. We will identify persistent methodological challenges as well as the potential solutions for cutting-edge research that can emerge from an informed interdisciplinary perspective.