The Neuroscience of Somatic Attention: a key to unlocking a foundational contemplative practice for educators

A webinar with Dr. Catherine Kerr, Department of Family Medicine at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine and Brown Contemplative Studies Initiative, Brown University. Somatic Attention can be a foundational practice for educators. Empathy, “gut sense,” and improved attention skills are all enhanced by somatic attention practice, especially the somatic attentional components of mindfulness meditation. Dr. Kerr discusses brain mechanisms underlying somatic attention practice and engages in a few brief somatic attention exercises in order to directly “unlock” key practice components related to basic brain processes.

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Contemplative Pedagogies in Geosciences

Jill Schneiderman, Professor of Earth Science, Vassar College, gives examples of different types of contemplative practices that she has used in a variety of geoscience courses. Earth science content that has proven suitable for illumination with contemplative techniques includes geologic time, chemical and physical weathering, and characteristics for distinguishing different mineral groups.

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Contemplative Neuroscience

A webinar with Richard J. Davidson, Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin-Madison Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 This webinar provided an introduction to the emerging field of contemplative…

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The Science of Meditation

A webinar with Al Kaszniak, Professor and Head of Psychology, University of Arizona, and Arthur Zajonc, former Director of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society and Professor of Physics,…

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