Tue, Oct 18, 2022

1 PM – 2 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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In this talk Dr. Lazar will present data about how the structure and function of the brain changes as the result of mindfulness meditation practice. These brain changes in turn lead to reduced stress and improved emotion regulation and cognition. In the first half of the talk she will discuss how mindfulness practice helps with stress, pain, and fear. In the second half she will present data on memory, attention, and executive functioning, including data from a 2-year follow-up study.


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Sara Lazar, PhD

Associate Professor

Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Sara W. Lazar, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Psychiatry Department at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. The focus of her research is to elucidate the neural mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of yoga and meditation, both in clinical settings and in healthy individuals. She has been practicing yoga and mindfulness meditation since 1994. Her research has been covered by numerous news outlets including The New York Times, USA Today, CNN, and WebMD. More information can be found at https://scholar.harvard.edu/sara_lazar.

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