The University of Oregon will host the 2nd Annual Symposium on Mindfulness in Science and Society, exploring research on mindfulness at UO and beyond. On February 9th at 7 pm in the EMU Ballroom, pioneering neuroscientist Richard J. Davidson will deliver a keynote address entitled “Change Your Brain by Transforming Your Mind: Neuroscientific Studies of Meditation.” Founder of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison and named by Time magazine as one of the world’s most influential people, Davidson is best known for his groundbreaking work in studying emotion and the brain. His bestselling book, The Emotional Life of Your Brain, was chosen as this year’s Undergraduate Studies Common Reading: a book given to all first-year students as a way of sparking conversation while introducing them to the UO’s rich community of researchers and scholars.
Davidson’s lecture is part of the UO’s Second Annual Symposium on Mindfulness in Science and Society: a research gathering highlighting the impact of mindfulness practices on personal well-being and society. Organized by faculty across campus, including Cris Niell, assistant professor in the Institute of Neuroscience, Michael Posner (National Medal of Science winner and emeritus professor of psychology), and assistant professor of psychology Heidemarie Laurent, the symposium explores the brain science of meditation and related practices. The symposium will be held from 1-5 pm in the Giustina Ballroom of the Ford Alumni Center. Clifford Saron, UC Davis research scientist and director of the Shamatha Project — the most extensive scientific study of the effects of longterm meditation ever conducted — will begin the afternoon’s program. University of Oregon speakers include emerita professor of human physiology Marjorie Woollacott, professor of psychology Nick Allen, assistant professor of music Frank Diaz, research scientist Christina Karns and graduate student Ben Nelson. Topics to be covered will include … A reception will follow.
In conjunction with the Symposium, a Mindfulness Showcase will be held on February 10th from 10-5 pm in the EMU’s Gumwood Room. In consecutive workshops participants will have an opportunity to further explore mindfulness research on the UO campus, and to experience mindfulness practices in yoga, education, cognitive psychology and other arenas.
The lecture is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Undergraduate Studies Common Reading Program (with support from the Offices of the President and the Vice President for Student Life), and the Departments of Biology and Psychology. All events are free and open to the public. For more information call 541-346-1221 or seecommonreading.uoregon.edu. For sign language interpreting or other disability-related accommodations, call before February 2nd. Davidson’s lecture will be ASL interpreted.