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Richie Davidson: Contemplative Neouroscience, delivered at the Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts


Elissa Epel, PhD: Mindfulness and Cellular Aging, delivered at the Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts


How Does This Program Impact Your Life – Search Inside Yourself

Chade-Meng Tan: Everyday Compassion at Google

Google’s “Jolly Good Fellow,” Chade-Meng Tan, talks about how the company practices compassion in its everyday business — and its bold side projects.


Daniel Pink: Motivation

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.


Mattieu Ricard: Change Your Mind, Change Your Brain

If happiness is an inner state, influenced by external conditions but not dependent on them, how can we achieve it? Ricard will examine the inner and outer factors that increase or diminish our sense of well-being, dissect the underlying mechanisms of happiness, and lead us to a way of looking at the mind itself based on his book, Happiness: A Guide to Life’s Most Important Skill and from the research in neuroscience on the effect of mind-training on the brain.

Jon Kabat Zinn: Mindfulness

Jon Kabat-Zinn leads a session on Mindfulness at Google.

Richard Davidson: Transform Your Mind, Change your Brain

In this talk, Richard J. Davidson explores recent scientific research on the neuroscience of positive human qualities and how they can be cultivated through contemplative practice. Distinctions among different forms of contemplative practices are introduced, all shown to have different neural and behavioral consequences, as well as important consequences for physical health in both long-term and novice practitioners. New research also shows that meditation-based interventions delivered online can produce behavioral and neural changes. Collectively, this body of research indicates that we can cultivate adaptive neural changes and strengthen positive human qualities through systematic mental practice.

Your Brain in 15 Minutes

A short video by the author of Elsevier’s presigious cognitive neuroscience textbook: Cognition, Brain, and Consciousness: An Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience.

The Emotional Brain

Emotions color our everyday individual existence and shape all aspects of our interpersonal and intellectual experiences.  In this film, animations and fMRI images introduce students to what we now know about the sub-cortical emotional circuits in the brain and chemical processes that produce our emotional responses and contribute to our decision making and mental health.  Live action sequences, both in laboratory and real life situations, illustrate Dr. Knutsons research on risk taking and provide  intriguing examples of the factors involved in the interplay of affect and reason in making choices. This film is the most recent addition to an important documentary film series on neuroscience from Davidson Films.

Philippe Goldin: Cognitive Neuroscience of Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation, one type of meditation technique, has been shown to enhance emotional awareness and psychological flexibility as well as induce well-being and emotional balance. Scientists have also begun to examine how meditation may influence brain functions. This talk examines the effect of mindfulness meditation practice on the brain systems in which psychological functions such as attention, emotional reactivity, emotion regulation, and self-view are instantiated. Goldin also discusses how different forms of meditation practices are being studied using neuroscientific technologies and are being integrated into clinical practice to address symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress.

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