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Training the Mind: First Steps in a Cross-Cultural Collaboration in Neuroscientific Research

Zara Houshmand, Anne Harrington, Clifford Saron and Richard J. Davidson

in Visions of Compassion

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780195130430
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199847327 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130430.003.0001
Training the Mind: First Steps in a Cross-Cultural Collaboration in Neuroscientific Research

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This chapter sees into the mountain slopes of the Himalayas, where Tibetan monks who have spent many years in training and learning Buddhist philosophy and psychology, live in a retreat far from the secular world. These well educated monks have taken the brave step of joining forces with scientists to help with the understanding of how hours of meditation can have a substantial effect on well-being, for both emotional and cognitive functions. This provides a fresh new approach in the field of neuropsychology. This book focuses on emotional resilience, attention, visualization, and linguistic processing. It aims also to link other factors such as religion and culture in the process of meditation. More than the acute effects of meditation, scientists are interested in the overall long-term effect on the individual.

Keywords: Tibetan; Buddhist; philosophy; psychology; meditation

Chapter.  6322 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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