The Advances in Meditation Research (AMR) conference series was created to advance the growing interdisciplinary science exploring the neural correlates and associated psychological outcomes
attendant to meditative practice in its many forms, from various Yogic traditional practices to
Abrahamic religious contemplative practices to Theravadan and Mahayana Buddhist practices
including shamatha, vipassana and metta as well as modern adaptations of mindfulness practices. The
speakers are practitioners of a range of meditative practices and acting at the interface of science and
spirit as highly trained scientists conducting rigorous cutting-edge research into the ways in which
meditative practice affect consciousness, the brain, aging, and clinical outcomes. We will present the
state of meditation research so as to facilitate the findings being safely and efficiently translated into
modern education, medicine, and social change.
We are Team Orange from Mount Aspiring College and this is our video for the Comvita Science Challenge 2013. Our video is on the psychological effects of exercise and how it helps to keep a happy healthy brain.
By Hannah, Michaela and Josephine :)
Faculty Insight is produced in partnership with Harvard University Extension School. This fourth interview of the series is with Shelley Carson, an associate of Harvard University’s Department of Psychology, a lecturer at Harvard Extension School, and also a blogger for Psychology Today and the Huffington Post!
Carson's scholarship focuses largely on the connection between creativity and mental illness. While it's common knowledge that artists and writers have a tendency towards depression (and drink!) only recently has the link been so clearly established.
But Carson also argues that creativity is not just the province of an elect few, it's a trait that, with a bit of effort, we can all claim for ourselves. Her new book, called Your Creative Brain: Seven Steps to Maximize Imagination, Productivity and Innovation in Your Life, lays out a clear method for awakening and encouraging our own inherent creativity.
Carson's expertise also extends to the subject of resilience, and if there’s anything this planet needs, it’s the ability to bounce back, and live to fight another day. Her research has also caught the attention of the Department of Defense, where she consults on web-based PTSD treatments for soldiers recovering from trauma.
a senior consultant and subject matter expert for the Department-of-Defense project afterdeployment.org, which provides innovative online mental health assistance to service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
This video of our interview is only an introduction, so please go to ThoughtCast (and search for 'creativity') to hear the entire conversation!
Was Shakyamuni Buddha the first "published" Neuro Psychologist? Dr. Steve Prime correlates studies in Neuroscience with Buddhist practice and theory. Studies show similar activation in the medial pre-frontal cortex of the brain (the area that correlates to Compassion and Empathy) when saying the Nembutsu (NamuAmidaButsu) and while meditating.
June 24, 2012 Dr. Steve Prime Neuro Scientist from the University of Manitoba stops off in Calgary and Vancouver Buddhist Temples to share his thoughts about Buddhism and Neuro psychology. Some treatment schools use techniques founded on principles similar to the four noble truths. Dr. Prime talks about the controversial correlation between spiritual practices and neuro cognitive science observations. Empirical studies comparing the brain activity of highly trained meditation practitioners with those who do not meditate including the significant effects of the Nembutsu practice of the Jodo Shinshu tradition of Buddhism amongst many other techniques such as love and kindness meditation. This clip was filmed in the Vancouver Buddhist Temple with the support of livingdharmacentre.ca and the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada.