PSYC 0209

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. (Open to psychology, religion, and neuroscience majors) 3 hrs. lect./1 hr. disc.
Social Sciences
Requirements Fulfilled:
Equivalent Courses:
RELI 0210 *
RELI 0209


Spring 2021

PSYC0209A-S21 Lecture (Waldron, Cronise)
PSYC0209Y-S21 Discussion (Waldron, Cronise)
PSYC0209Z-S21 Discussion (Waldron, Cronise)

Spring 2020

PSYC0209A-S20 Lecture (Cronise, Waldron)
PSYC0209Y-S20 Discussion (Waldron)
PSYC0209Z-S20 Discussion (Cronise)

Spring 2017

PSYC0209A-S17 Lecture (Waldron, Cronise)
PSYC0209Y-S17 Discussion (Waldron)
PSYC0209Z-S17 Discussion (Cronise)

Spring 2015

PSYC0209A-S15 Lecture (Waldron, Cronise)
PSYC0209X-S15 Discussion (Waldron, Cronise)
PSYC0209Y-S15 Discussion (Waldron, Cronise)
PSYC0209Z-S15 Discussion (Waldron, Cronise)