Cognitive Neuroscience of Mindfulness Meditation

Take a look at this video about mindfulness:

Google Tech Talks February, 28 2008 ABSTRACT Mindfulness meditation, one type of meditation technique, has been shown to enhance emotional awareness and psychological flexibility as well as induce well-being and emotional balance. Scientists have also begun to examine how meditation may influence brain functions. This talk will examine the effect of mindfulness meditation practice on the brain systems in which psychological functions such as attention, emotional reactivity, emotion regulation, and self-view are instantiated. We will also discuss how different forms of meditation practices are being studied using neuroscientific technologies and are being integrated into clinical practice to address symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress. Speaker: Philippe Goldin Philippe is a research scientist and heads the Clinically Applied Affective Neuroscience group in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University. He spent 6 years in India and Nepal studying various languages, Buddhist philosophy and debate at Namgyal Monastery and the Dialectic Monastic Institute, and serving as an interpreter for various Tibetan Buddhist lamas. He then returned to the US to complete a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Rutgers University. His NIH-funded clinical research focuses on (a) functional neuroimaging investigations of cognitive-affective mechanisms in adults with anxiety disorders, (b) comparing the effects of mindfulness meditation and cognitive-behavioral therapy on brain

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25 Responses to Cognitive Neuroscience of Mindfulness Meditation

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  3. Rebekechka says:

    @spaceshipearth999 & @/tedsmithsr
    YOU GUYS! Stop all ths bickering

  4. Rebekechka says:

    @FLABERGAG : and what is your point?

  5. juanbuit says:

    I’m a daily meditator, have been doing it for 2 years. My mother is also a meditator and she has been asking me about what are the benefits for your brain and what you are talking about here.

    The bad news is that she only speaks Spanish so I want to know if this is going to be translated or at least transcripted so I can explain it to her.

    I think this should go to TED and have more distribution. Thank you

  6. TedDGPoulos says:

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  7. Semnyi says:

    It is important to be motivated. Preparation can be inspiring. Be gentle with yourself, just thinking of meditation is beneficial. You must accept your present situation, in order to change it.

  8. pstbrjp says:

    Super interesting talk!!!!

  9. kelseywall says:

    @ 12:19

    The symbol for Mindfulness (?) is actually from the symbol ? meaning now or present and ? meaning heart.

  10. anapanasati1970 says:

    I agree with this. Concentration is similarly developed in mindfulness and TM. From Buddhism, the practice of samatha meditation is even more similar to TM. Both are excellent practices.

  11. itamarberman says:

    Forcing attention back to the object is more prominent in Samadhi (concentration) meditation. In mindfulness practice, just as in TM, there is no such instruction. What I am concerned with, is that you reject one technique while supporting another, while in fact they are both helpful, beneficial and worth trying and investigating.

  12. tedsmithsr says:

    the “words” that you use here, e.g. focusing, and attention are important. I have done TM for 40 years. My instructions never included the instruction to “focus” or the word “attention”. There is an excellent very specific intro to the mechanics of TM by Maharishi on YouTube. Please take a look. You are asking excellent questions.

  13. spaceshipearth999 says:

    everything i’ve read about TM including mahrishi himself plus original texts emphasize nothing forced or even focused. why dont you read some maharishi you will clearly see opposite of what you say is true .

  14. itamarberman says:

    and yet transcendental meditation requires forcing attention onto a mantra (with effort). So why are you rejecting focusing on the breath but supporting focusing on a mantra?

  15. harebellish says:

    brian eno s ‘sonorous portraits’ transcends all, and lends itself to producing the positive and creative elements of rumination, which this video seems to overlook… in fact, had sonorous portraits been playing all the while in the background of this ‘alternative’ approach to meditation, we might have been provided with the subtle energies of transcendentalism, like an ensemble performance.

  16. hamoonmehran says:

    yeahh ive found analyzing something especially meditation suckks the life out of it. i completely agree when u say happiness is effortless and easy.

  17. spaceshipearth999 says:

    i have to comment , i much prefer the concept of transcendental meditation and the principles related to it. this guy is all over the place, mindfulness and most meditation are flawed practices. real happiness must be effortless and easy. forcing attention can hurt more tha help. plus he has to many references to phychology field , what did they ever know.

  18. zilph82 says:

    thank you very much for this incredible presentation.. very very informative and inspiring..

  19. thetexasguy says:

    meh, I did a 4 week water only fast and my mind went right back to negativity and suicidal thoughts. I eat organic, I work out, I sweat a lot, drink a lot of water… yet I cant control my emotions. Meh.

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    fortunatly i was prepared to lister to this.

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  23. mwells219 says:

    this is the exactly the kind of video i’ve been looking for.

  24. ExtraordinaryLeader says:

    I found this video really interesting.
    Thankyou so much
    Dawn Mendonca

  25. qaplatlhinganmaH says:

    Greco-Buddhism, sometimes spelt Graeco-Buddhism, refers to the cultural syncretism between Hellenistic culture and Buddhism, which developed between the 4th century BCE and the 5th century CE

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