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Change Your Brain by Transforming Your Mind

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Air date: Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 10:00:00 AM
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Category: National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
Runtime: 01:09:34
Description: Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture in the Science of Complementary Health Therapies

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

Speaker Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D., will present “Change Your Brain by Transforming Your Mind.” The lecture will take place at 10 a.m. in Masur Auditorium in Building 10. In this talk, Dr. Davidson will present an overview of studies conducted in his laboratory on neural changes associated with different forms of meditation. Distinctions among three major forms of meditation practice will be made: Focused Attention, Open Monitoring, and Positive Affect Training. These different forms of meditation have different neural and behavioral effects. From the perspective of Western neuroscience, different forms of meditation can be conceptualized as mental training to promote the regulation of emotion and attention. Data from studies on long-term meditation practitioners as well as those with shorter durations of training will be highlighted. Additionally, some longitudinal studies that track changes over time with meditation practice will be reviewed. In addition to the neural changes that have been observed, this talk will also summarize changes that have been found in peripheral biology that may modulate physical health and illness. The central brain circuitry of emotion is especially implicated in peripheral biological changes that have consequences for health. The overall conclusions from these studies is that one can transform the mind through meditation and thereby alter the brain and the periphery in ways that may be beneficial for mental and physical health, and for well-being. Dr. Davidson is the William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Director, Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior, Founder, Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research is broadly focused on the neural bases of emotion and emotional style and methods to promote human flourishing including meditation and related contemplative practices. His studies have included persons of all ages from birth though old age and have also included individuals with disorders of emotion such as mood and anxiety disorders and autism, as well as expert meditation practitioners with tens of thousands of hours of experience. His research uses a wide range of methods including different varieties of MRI, positron emission tomography, electroencephalography and modern genetic and epigenetic methods.

The lecture series was established in honor of Stephen E. Straus, M.D., founding director of NCCIH and an internationally recognized clinician-scientist. Under his leadership, research of complementary health therapies grew threefold. In addition to serving as director, Dr. Straus was senior investigator in the Laboratory of Clinical Investigation at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The lecture is presented by NCCIH and supported by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health with a generous gift from Bernard and Barbro Osher.

For more information go to https://nccih.nih.gov
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NLM Title: Change your brain by transforming your mind / Richard J. Davidson.
Author: Davidson, Richard J.
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (U.S.),
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Abstract: (CIT): In this talk, Dr. Davidson will present an overview of studies conducted in his laboratory on neural changes associated with different forms of meditation. Distinctions among three major forms of meditation practice will be made: Focused Attention, Open Monitoring, and Positive Affect Training. These different forms of meditation have different neural and behavioral effects. From the perspective of Western neuroscience, different forms of meditation can be conceptualized as mental training to promote the regulation of emotion and attention. Data from studies on long-term meditation practitioners as well as those with shorter durations of training will be highlighted. Additionally, some longitudinal studies that track changes over time with meditation practice will be reviewed. In addition to the neural changes that have been observed, this talk will also summarize changes that have been found in peripheral biology that may modulate physical health and illness. The central brain circuitry of emotion is especially implicated in peripheral biological changes that have consequences for health. The overall conclusions from these studies is that one can transform the mind through meditation and thereby alter the brain and the periphery in ways that may be beneficial for mental and physical health, and for well-being.
Subjects: Brain--physiology
Meditation--psychology
Neuronal Plasticity
Stress, Psychological--therapy
Publication Types: Lectures
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