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PSYC0209

Mindfulness and Psychology

Religion and Science: Mindfulness and Modern Psychology
Mindfulness meditation is now widely embraced as a way to enhance personal wellbeing. To better understand this ancient practice, we will explore its traditional Buddhist background alongside its application and study in modern psychology and neuroscience. We will first study mindfulness in its historical context and examine how a traditionally religious practice was adapted for modern individualistic and therapeutic purposes. We will learn basic neural and psychological foundations of emotion, cognition, social behavior, and psychological disorders and raise theoretical and methodological issues in the scientific study of mindfulness. As an experiential component, students will also receive meditation training throughout the semester. 3 hrs. lect./1 hr. disc.
Subject:
Psychology
Department:
Psychology
Division:
Social Sciences
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Sections

Spring 2015

PSYC0209A-S15 Lecture
PSYC0209X-S15 Discussion
PSYC0209Y-S15 Discussion
PSYC0209Z-S15 Discussion