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July 10: This is Your Brain on Meditation

July 10: This is Your Brain on Meditation
Event on 2017-07-10 18:30:00
This is Your Brain on MeditationBringing diversity and community engagement to the neuroscience of meditation With Dr. Helen Weng  Open to all Monday, July 10, 2017 Food provided at 6:30 pmProgram: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Studies on the neuroscience of meditation in the U.S. have historically included meditators from the dominant culture. Over the past year, Dr. Helen Weng has collaborated with EBMC to engage in community dialogue so we can increase the diversity of meditators represented. This includes people of color, LGBTQI community, people with disabilities, and the fat community.  In this evening of dialogue, Dr. Weng will describe the current state of the field, and how her research brings in diverse meditators (including EBMC Sangha members).  This includes groundbreaking neuroscientific methods that allow each meditator’s brain states to be individualized and community engagement.  Helen Weng, PhD is an assistant professor of Psychiatry, and a core faculty member at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and affiliate faculty member at the Neuroscape Center, UCSF. She is trained as a contemplative neuroscientist and clinical psychologist, and has studied how compassion meditation changes brain responses to human suffering. Helen’s current research uses machine learning techniques to understand brain states that occur during meditation. She is working to increase the diversity of meditators included in contemplative neuroscience studies, using community engagement and social justice frameworks.  Please note that no one will be turned away for lack of funds. If you would like to explore any EBMC volunteer positions, please send an email expressing your interest to admin@eastbaymeditation.org EBMC TEACHERS ARE NOT PAID BY THE CENTER and and you can offer a voluntary financial gift to them at the class. In order to protect the health of community members with environmental illness, please do not wear fragranced products (including natural fragrances) or clothes laundered in fragranced products to EBMC.

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