You’ve probably heard about mindfulness and been told it is good for you. Maybe you’ve even dipped a toe into meditation or yoga. But how do you know it is doing something real? Is mindfulness anything more than just making some time to relax and clear your mind? In this session, Prof. Norman Farb will present research to demystify mindfulness practice, with a particular focus on how the first few months of mindfulness practice changes your brain to support well-being. At the end of this session you will have learned: how to distinguish between sensing and judging brain states, how valuing sensation changes your brain, and some practical tips for exploring and improving your own mental habits.
About Prof. Norman Farb, Associate Professor of Psychology:
Norman Farb, PhD, is an Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Toronto Mississauga, where he directs the Regulatory and Affective Dynamics laboratory (www.radlab.zone). He studies the neuroscience of the self and human emotion, with a focus on how self-perception shapes emotional responses to determine well-being. Prof. Farb is particularly interested in how transformational practices such as meditation, daily diaries, psychedelics, and exercise foster resilience against stress, reducing vulnerability to disorders such as depression.
(Tuesday) 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm