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Clinical Science Brown Bag Series

Tuesday, November 13, 2018,
  • Location: Wilson Hall • 111 21St Ave S • Nashville, TN 37240
  • Room: 316

David Vago, PhD

School of Medicine

Vanderbilt University

"Neurophysiological Correlates of Meditative Practice and Clinical Relevance"

Mindfulness is rapidly being integrated into current psychological treatment protocols as a method of systematic training to stabilize attention, improve self-awareness, and reduce perseverative forms of emotional reactivity; however, clinical protocols remain diverse in their implementation and the neurobiological mechanisms by which mindfulness functions in select populations are currently unclear. This presentation will contextualize mindfulness across clinical and scientific contexts. The psychological and cognitive processes as well as the underlying neurobiology supporting existing mindfulness-based meditation practices will be examined in detail for both novice and expert practitioners. A systems-based model of mindfulness will be presented describing a core set of skill-based meditative practices that function to improve self-awareness, self-regulation, and self-transcendence. Findings from the Contemplative Neuroscience & Integrative Medicine Laboratory and the extant literature will be integrated into this model so that participants will better understand how brain networks and associated mechanisms are supporting healthy outcomes through mindfulness-based practices. Finally, suggestions will be made for incorporating mindfulness-based practices into a model of clinical care for both caregivers and patients across clinical contexts.