Mind & Life

Cliff Saron - Embracing Complexity

December 17, 2021

CliffSaron_sq.jpgIn this episode, Wendy speaks with neuroscientist and contemplative researcher Cliff Saron. Cliff is a pioneer in studying the effects of meditation on attention and emotion, and has been deeply embedded in the field of contemplative science since the earliest days. This conversation covers many topics, including:

  • his winding path into contemplative research;
  • drilling down and pulling back;
  • conducting research with Tibetan monks in India;
  • how brain signals can predict behavior, and implications for free will;
  • the importance of context in meditation research;
  • effects of intensive meditation on attention, markers of cellular aging, and purpose in life;
  • community-engaged participatory research;
  • communicating the nuance and uncertainty inherent in science;
  • Ubuntu, and living into our interdependence.

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