When9:00 am to 6:00 pm, May 21, 2015
LocationUC Davis Center for Mind and Brain
267 Cousteau Place, Davis, CA, United States
In recent years, the number of published studies of mindfulness-based interventions has grown exponentially in both basic and clinical domains. Despite this increased interest, the bases of the effects reported in these studies are not well understood. The purpose of this symposium is to articulate a spectrum of views on what mindfulness is, to explore the often unexamined methodological complexity of research in this area, and to highlight the importance of context in interpreting these findings. We will examine ways in which the research findings and their communication may contribute to unrealistic expectations at the individual and institutional level, and can contribute to misconceptions regarding the larger goals of contemplative practice in modernist and secular settings.
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