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The Emergence of Contemplative Neuroscience

Richard Davidson | 1:36:49


 My name is Jim Doty. I know many of you, uh, I'm the founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. It's really a pleasure to be here with you this evening in the continuation of our ongoing Ming w lectureship. Before introducing our first speaker, I would actually like to acknowledge the presence of the Ming component of the Ming Wu Lectureship Ming, would you mind standing up?

For all of you who know Ming, uh, you all know that he goes by Ming and he's the jolly good fellow at Google. He's been an incredible supporter of our work here at Stanford. And also, uh, a dear friend, and to give him a plug, he has a new book, uh, called Search Inside Yourself, and it was on the New York Times bestseller and Amazon bestseller list.

And I would, uh, highly recommend that. Are you gonna have that check for me afterwards? Me without further ado? Uh, I would like to introduce our speaker this evening. Uh, he's going to talk with us about the emergence of this new area of new neuroscience called contemplative neuroscience. For many of you who know Dr.

Davidson's work, uh, I, he needs no introduction. For those of you who know him, he goes by the name Richie. And in addition to doing, to being a dear soul, he's, uh, a premier, uh, scientist who's really led this field. He received his PhD at Harvard and did the initial work on studying meditation and its effect on the brain, and developed subsequently a relationship with His Holiness.

And through that, uh, there was the creation of the Mind and Light Institute, of which he has remained on the board for many years. He's also been a firm supporter and on the advisory board of Seek Care for which I greatly appreciate. He's the William James and Villas professor of Psychology and psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin.

He's also the founder and director of the Weissman Imaging, uh, Institute and the Center for Effective Neuroscience. As well as the Center for Investigating Healthy Brains. He's published over 275 scientific articles, edited over 13 or 13 books, and just recently had a book come out with Sharon Bagley called The Emotional Life of Your Brain.

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