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The Craving Mind


Dr. Judson Brewer




Drawing on his clinical work, research studies and development of next-generation therapeutics for habit change, Dr. Brewer discusses the underlying behavioral and neurobiological mechanisms of why habits are formed and how mindfulness can paradoxically tap into these very processes to uproot them. He also discusses how we can apply these insights to our own lives.


HAROLD ROTH: Good evening, everybody. We're starting on Brown time, which is roughly seven minutes after the announced start, just to give people a chance to get here and to follow existing practices. My name is Harold Roth, and I'm the director of the Contemplative Studies program here at Brown. And I'd like to welcome you this evening and say a few words to you about Contemplative Studies-- what it is that we do. I'm also curious about where we're drawing our audience from this evening.

So how many found out about this program from our website? OK. And how many found out about it from the medical school? No? And how many of you are medical practitioners in one version or another-- clinicians? That's very interesting. OK. SPEAKER 1: Get the microphone. SPEAKER 2: Yeah, you have to unmute yourself. Unmute the podium mic. Right. HAROLD ROTH: Oh, here. SPEAKER 2: Secrets. There you go. HAROLD ROTH: Podium mic. Testing. So should I redo what I just said? No, everybody heard me, at least at some low level, I hope. So again, I'd like to welcome you this evening and tell you a few words about what we do in Contemplative Studies. We're one of the newest, if not the newest, concentration at Brown. If you don't know what a concentration is, it's what most schools call a major.

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