Join us as Dr. Richard J. Davidson examines recent scientific research on the neuroscience of positive psychology and the effect of mindful meditation practices that strengthen the positive aspects of human psychology. Comparisons of different types of meditation practices have been shown to have various effects on the health of both mind and body. Dr. Davidson explores the four constituents of well-being that have been researched and describes how they can be influenced by the practice of meditation and improve physical health in both experienced and beginner meditators. New research also shows that meditation-based interventions delivered online can produce behavioral and neural changes. Research has shown that meditation influences key brain systems important for emotion regulation and attention. Dr. Davidson will review the ways in which different forms of meditation might change the specific brain and behavioral systems. Collectively, this research indicates that we can cultivate adaptive neural changes and strengthen positive human qualities through systematic mental practice.
About the speaker
Richard J. Davidson is a professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and the founder of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center.
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