Dr. Catherine Kerr, Director of the Program in the Neuroscience of Meditation, Healing, and the Sense of Touch of the Osher Research Center of the Harvard Medical School
Dr. Kerr is a neuroscientist who investigates the effects of meditation and the placebo effect on millisecond-by-millisecond changes in cortical dynamic regulation. More broadly, she is interested in understanding how changes in brain states (especially in cortical areas related to body feeling perception [S1, S2 and insula]) seen in meditation and other mind-body practices relate to the phenomenology of everyday life and may be relevant for understanding chronic pain, mood, health and well-being. Her original training as a historian (PhD, Johns Hopkins University) motivates her conviction that humanists and social scientists must become more involved in discussions of brain, mind and self that have emerged from recent neuroscientific research.
Supported by a Grant from the Frederick Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism
A part of the Fall 09 Contemplative Studies Initiative Lecture Series.