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Meditation and the Brain with Dr Sara Lazar

Show Notes

My guest for this episode is Dr Sara Lazar from Harvard University. She’s a researcher who looks into the impacts that yoga and meditation have on various cognitive and behavioural functions.

Meditation has exploded in popularity in recent years. Once thought of as a purely spiritual practice, the physical and mental benefits of it are now being recognised by science.

While the health benefits are widespread and remarkable, what I’m more intrigued about is the idea of self-mastery. A sentiment echoed by celebrated thinkers for millennia is that mastery of oneself is in a way a prerequisite for flourishing.

In our discussion, we cover:

  • The benefits of meditation and the effects it can have on your brain
  • Meditation and mental illness
  • Politics and neuroanatomy
  • Personal EEG devices that provide real-time neurofeedback
  • Whether or not meditation be widely prescribed, just like regular exercise, optimal nutrition, and sleep
  • Some helpful advice for those giving this ancient practice a go.

Links

Sara Lazar’s Lab

Your Brain on Politics: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Liberals and Conservatives

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Gigapixels of Andromeda

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