Antoine Lutz

"Exploring the potential influences of meditation on brain and behavior"


Date: Friday, 15 April 2011
Time: 14:00-16:00, followed by reception
Location: Meeting room 1, Studenternes Hus, Fredrik Nielsens Vej 4, Aarhus
Reception: 16:00-18:00, Meeting room 1.1, Studenternes Hus


Antoine Lutz is an Associate Scientist at the Laboratory For Functional Brain Imaging and Behavior at the Waisman Center in the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his PhD in cognitive neuroscience from University of P. et M. Curie, Paris (VI) under the supervision of Dr. Francisco Varela in 2002. His principal research focus has been on the neurodynamical correlates of consciousness and on the relationship between neuroplasticity and meditation training.  His research has been largely supported by grants from the National Institute of Health. He is associated to the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds in Madison.


Exploring the potential influences of meditation on brain and behavior

Meditation can be conceptualized as a family of complex emotional and attentional regulatory training regimes developed for various ends, including the cultivation of well-being and emotional balance. Among these various practices, there are two styles that are commonly studied. One style, focused attention meditation, entails the voluntary focusing of attention on a chosen object. The second style, open monitoring meditation, involves nonreactive monitoring of the content of experience from moment to moment. We will present key neuroimaging findings illustrating how specific neurophysiological mechanisms are involved in such meditation practices and how meditation training has a long-term impact on mental processing, on the brain and on peripheral biology.

A CFIN & MINDLab event. ALL ARE WELCOME -- No registration necessary.