Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Center for Contemplative Mind in Society
Source ID: shanti-sources-83426
Collection: Contemplative Pedagogy in Higher Education
Abstract: This webinar provided an introduction to the emerging field of contemplative neuroscience. This emerging field is harnessing the concepts and methods from the modern study of neuroplasticity and applying them to the alterations that might be produced through contemplative practice. While the field is in its infancy, there are several promising findings that have emerged that suggest that the regular practice of certain forms of meditation produces changes in brain function, brain structure and behavior. Collectively, this new corpus of research suggests that qualities like happiness, kindness and equanimity should be regarded as the product of trainable skills that can be enhanced through contemplative practice.