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The Impact of Meditation on Cognition, Aging, and the Brain

Posted on February 21, 2014

At 7PM on March 19th in the Woolley Room of Mary Lyon Hall, Sara Lazar will discuss her research on the impact of meditation training on brain structure and function.  Dr. Lazar is an Associate Researcher in the Psychiatry Department at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. The focus of her research is to elucidate the neural mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of yoga and meditation, both in clinical settings and in healthy individuals.

She is a Board member of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and also the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and is a contributing author to Meditation and Psychotherapy (Guilford Press). She has been practicing yoga and mindfulness meditation since 1994. Her research has been covered by numerous news outlets including The New York Times, USA Today, CNN, and WebMD, and her work is featured in a display at the Boston Museum of Science. More information can be found at http://www.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu/~lazar/.  Hosted by the Wheaton Contemplative Studies Initiative.

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