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Brown University researcher to present brain research to Dalai Lama

December 7, 2015

David Orenstein | News at Brown

The Dalai Lama has convened a conference in India Dec. 14-17 to examine the science and spirituality of perception, cognition, and the self. Brown University expert Cathy Kerr is one of a select group of scientists invited to speak.


PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Before His Holiness the Dalai Lama and thousands of Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns Dec. 15, 2015, Brown University researcher Cathy Kerr will discuss the science of perception of body sensations. In her talk she will focus specifically on results by her lab and others that examine somatic attention, touch, and the perception of body and limb position in physical space.

Kerr will take the stage at the Sera Monastery in Bylakuppe, Karnataka, India, on the second day of the 30th Mind and Life Dialogue, “Perception, Concepts and Self: Contemporary Scientific and Buddhist Perspectives,” organized by the Mind and Life Institute and the Dalai Lama Trust. Though she is a senior fellow of the institute, Kerr, assistant professor (research) of family medicine and director of translational neuroscience in the contemplative studies initiative, has never met, much less shared the same spotlight, with the Dalai Lama before.

“I’m surprised and humbled,” Kerr said.

The conference will be streamed live. Kerr’s talk begins at 11:30 p.m. ET. URL can be found at the original news page.

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