Science of Meditation

Neuroscientist Zoran Josipovic explains what happens in the brain during three types of meditation: subject-oriented, object-oriented, and nondual awareness. In his research, Zoran discovered that, depending on the focus of the meditation, different structures of the brain are activated. Transcript: One thing that we can notice is that different meditation techniques have different effects on […]

Howard Martin from the Institute of HeartMath presents scientific research regarding heart intelligence, and how our thoughts and emotions create patterns of coherence or incoherence in our electromagnetic energy field and possibly influence the earth’s own geomagnetic field in positive or negative ways. Transcript: It’s an honor and privilege to be here in my home […]

Mark Robert Waldman, Associate Fellow at the Center for Spirituality and the Mind, University of Pennsylvania, reveals current research on the effects of meditation on universal, positive ideas on the brain. He currently conducts research with Andrew Newberg, MD, on the neurological correlates of beliefs, morality, compassion, meditation, religious experiences, and spiritual practices. Mark is […]

Neuropsychologist Rick Hanson PhD explains how mindfulness meditation can strengthen our brains and has particular relevance as people age. This presentation was recorded at the Greater Good Science Center in UC Berkeley as part of the Science of a Meaningful Life Series. Transcript: How many of you meditate at least once a year? Once a […]

Quantum physicist and educator John Hagelin PhD, presents research findings on the effects of meditation on the brain and intelligence, and advocates for meditation as a method of promoting a host of positive benefits, from relaxation to increased creativity. Transcript from the video: What we’re talking about is the effect on the brain. And here […]

Using an early model of the Mind Mirror EEG machine, Ken Wilber shows the different types of brainwave patterns that correlate to various states of awareness and meditation. Both the demonstration and voiceover narration are done by Ken Wilber, Transcript: Hello, everybody. This is a small portable EEG, electroencephalograph. What it shows is brainwave activity, […]

Catherine Kerr, PhD, renowned expert on neuroscience and meditation, presents her research findings on why mindfulness meditation begins by focusing on the breath, and how mindfulness-based somatic awareness (cultivated through attention to breath, body sensations) changes the brain. Excerpts: Mindfulness is a secular form of meditation that is being portrayed in health care settings all […]

Dr. Deepak Chopra briefly explains one of the health benefits of meditation in slowing down the aging process. He cites the work of Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, a cell biologist who shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2009 for her co-discovery of an enzyme called the telomerase. This enzyme influences the length of […]

Kelly McGonigal, PhD, presents the latest findings from neuroscience on how meditation practice changes the brain, and offers fresh insight into concepts like mindfulness and suffering. Here’s Part 2 of the video: Highlights as transcribed from the presentation: Experiential Self vs. Conceptual Self The mind’s habit of carefully constructing and then rigidly defending a sense […]

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