The Science of Mindfulness and Meditation

Friday, April 17, 2015
Location & Time: 
The Inn and Skelton Conference Center, Duckpond Room, 3:30 – 5:00 PM

The Science of Mindfulness and Meditation by Peter Grossenbacher, Ph.D

This presentation highlights recent research findings relevant to learning and teaching from scientific research on mindfulness and meditation. Training of contemplative skills through meditation and mindfulness exercises can improve cognitive functions involved in attention, perception, metacognition, learning, and communication. In a now growing trend, contemplative education takes a particular approach to holistic education that directly engages mindfulness and awareness. Rather than comprising a domain of content to learn, mindfulness--‐ based pedagogy can regulate brain activity, improve mental skills, and thereby influence how learning occurs.