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Minding Your Breath, Changing Your Brain: The Science of Meditation
Start Date: 5/7/2013Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 5/7/2013End Time: 1:00 PM

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A Healthier U and the Drexel Meditation Group would like to invite you to a lecture about the science of meditation.

Minding Your Breath, Changing Your Brain

Tuesday May 7th 12:00-1:00
MacAlister Hall 2019/2020
RSVP required. Space is limited.
RSVP to Monica Fauble mfauble@drexel.edu
Please indicate any dietary concerns.
A light lunch will be served.

The physical and psychological benefits of meditation are long familiar to religion scholars and meditation practitioners, but until recently the biological mechanisms for such changes were not well studied. Contemplative neuroscience seeks to understand the brain's role in mediating the effects of meditation practice. Integrating theory and methods from cognitive neuroscience, psychology, religious studies, and philosophy, this line of study has begun illuminating how and why the brain changes in response to contemplative practices like meditation. This talk will survey what we know so far about the neural basis of meditation's cognitive and emotional effects, and will also identify the key questions guiding current and future research about contemplative practices such as meditation.

Our speaker, Eileen Cardillo, received her doctorate in Experimental Psychology while a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and currently coordinates research with brain-injured patients at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. Using a combination of patient and neuroimaging studies, her research considers the neural basis of language and its breakdown following injury. In addition, she is adjunct faculty at the Won Institute of Graduate Studies, where she teaches courses on the cognitive and neural changes associated with meditation experience.
Contact Information:
Name: Monica Fauble
Phone: 215-571-4293
Email: mfauble@drexel.edu
MacAlister Hall 2019/2020
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