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 November 21st, 2007
Contemplative Research Discoveries: Meditation Changes the World We Live In
Peter G. Grossenbacher, Ph.D., Director, Consciousness Laboratory, Naropa University

Interface Host: Barry Erdman, LCSW

About the Presentation:

Worldview is a psychological construct comprised of values, attitudes and beliefs about self, life, and the world. Meditation can be one of many influences in shaping a person’s worldview, starting with their view toward their own mind and lived experience. This talk presents recent findings on worldview transformation from an ongoing program of research on meditation and contemplative spirituality being conducted at Naropa University’s Consciousness Lab. An experiential activity will ground our lecture and discussion so that we can share the same page, even if we are looking at this page from different worlds.

About the Presenter:

Peter G. Grossenbacher, Ph.D.:In his twenty years as a research scientist, Dr. Grossenbacher's work at England's University of Cambridge, the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, and Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado has broadened psychological science to address human capacities of awareness that were not previously acknowledged or understood by science.  This work builds on his training in cognitive science and mathematics (B.A., University of California at Berkeley), functional brain imaging (Stanford Medical School), and cognitive neuroscience (Ph.D., University of Oregon).  A book that shares his expertise in cognition, perception and attention, Finding Consciousness in the Brain: A Neurocognitive Approach, offers new insights into the brain’s involvement in conscious experience.

As Associate Professor in the Contemplative Psychology Department at Naropa University, he helps offer a wide-ranging curriculum that melds scientific, clinical, and contemplative modes of inquiry.  In 2001, he founded the Consciousness Laboratory, a research and training facility that draws knowledge and insight from both cognitive neuroscience and meditative traditions.  As Laboratory Director, he leads a program of scientific research that explores the contemplative varieties of spiritual and religious experience.  His research has been covered by the New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, Discover Magazine, as well as numerous radio interviews and newspaper articles.

Additional Resources:

Meditation, Contemplative Spirituality, and Brain Science, by Peter G. Grossenbacher and Timothy J. Crespi, Naropa University To appear as a chapter in Body and Mind: Science and Spirituality Perspectives (S. Hongladarom, Ed.)

“What Can Cognitive Neuroscience Learn from Contemplative Spirituality?” from a Buddhist-Catholic Dialogue in 2007 at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.Audio clip of  his talk: http://urbandharma.org/bcdialog/bcd3/Gross.html            

"Contemplative Education in Psychology" http://urbandharma.org/pdf/Joining.pdf.

"Empirical contemplative spirituality"  http://www.metanexus.net/conferences/pdf/conference2006/Grossenbacher.pdf.

Peter Grossenbacher, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Contemplative Psychology, Director, Consciousness Laboratory
Naropa University
2130 Arapahoe Avenue
Boulder, CO  80302  USA
Office Telephone: (303) 245-4663
Lab Telephone: (303) 546-3521
Fax: (303) 444-0410
Email: [email protected]

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