Middlebury

RELI0209A-S21

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.
Course Reference Number (CRN):
21888
Subject Code:
RELI
Course Number:
0209
Section Identifier:
A

Course

RELI 0209

All Sections in Spring 2021

Spring 2021

RELI0209A-S21 Lecture (Waldron, Cronise)
RELI0209Z-S21 Discussion (Waldron, Cronise)