Contemplative neuroscience — more on neuroplasticity

We can heal through meditation and by using our brains in the right ways. An ongoing sub-theme of this blog. A wonderful message of the nature of our beings — being that we are healing machines.

Richard Davidson’s radical claim is that these behavioral strategies are far more effective then medications for both mental and physical issues.

Well worth the hour of viewing time!

In this talk, Richard J. Davidson will explore recent scientific research on the neuroscience of positive human qualities and how they can be cultivated through contemplative practice. Distinctions among different forms of contemplative practices will be introduced and they will be shown to have different neural and behavioral consequences, as well as important consequences for physical health in both long-term and novice practitioners. New research also shows that meditation-based interventions delivered online can produce behavioral and neural changes. Collectively, this body of research indicates that we can cultivate adaptive neural changes and strengthen positive human qualities through systematic mental practice.

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Books by Richard J. Davidson:

●  The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live–and How You Can Change Them

●  The Mind’s Own Physician: A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama on the Healing Power of Meditation

●  Visions of Compassion: Western Scientists and Tibetan Buddhists Examine Human Nature

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About Monica Cassani

Author/Editor Beyond Meds: Everything Matters