Presentation Title: Mindfulness Meditation: From Intrapersonal Improvements to Interpersonal Benefits

Section: Becoming One? Connecting Across the Divide III

Location: , 311

Date & Time: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 2:10pm - 2:25pm


Research on mindfulness meditation is quickly becoming a hot topic in the field of neuroscience. Mindfulness meditation practices have been used for centuries in the Buddhist tradition, and have recently been integrated in clinical settings as a method of relieving symptoms for patients with anxiety and attentional deficit disorders. However, in order to fully understand the usefulness of a meditation practice for treating specific disorders, we must understand the basic science of the practice. To this end, I will present a literature review that will examine the empirical evidence documenting cognitive benefits of a mindfulness meditation practice. The well-documented attentional improvements and anxiolytic effects will be discussed, as well as new research demonstrating increases in body awareness and emotion regulation. These intrapersonal benefits are predicted to work together to develop a profound interpersonal effect: increasing empathy. 

Type of Presentation: Individual oral

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Presentation Area: Neuroscience

Presentation Topic: Science & Technology

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Presenter(s): Gair, Shannon Leigh
Major(s): Neuroscience
Class Year(s): 2013

Sponsor(s): Cronise, Kim
Dept(s): Program in Neuroscience

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