Mind and Life XII: Neuroplasticity
Phayul[Tuesday, October 19, 2004 18:42]
The Mind and Life Institute has been organizing two-day and week-long meetings between small groups of scientists and His Holiness the Dalai Lama since 1987. These dialogues have been held privately in order to create an atmosphere conducive to the difficult in-depth work of building the interdisciplinary bridges necessary for rigorous research on the mind and life utilizing the best contributions of Buddhism and Western science. In this unique and supportive atmosphere, participants can freely explore their common interests and methodological differences in a spirit of truly open and creative exchange.

The progress made though fifteen years of private dialogues have led to expand the work of Mind and Life in order to bring it to a wider audience.

Mind and Life XII: Neuroplasticity
This private meeting in Dharamsala, India will bring together experts on neuroplasticity and learning with Buddhist scholars to address the topic of learning and transformation. Major themes for the meeting will include an overview of the cellular and synaptic substrates of plasticity, latest developments in neurogenesis-the capacity of the brain to generate new neurons which have been found to critically impact upon learning and memory; the nature of practice and skill development to address issues of how mental skills can best be acquired, the role of pre-existing individual differences and their impact on methods of skills development; Buddhist perspectives on learning and transformation; developmental issues and the importance of early experience. voluntary mental activity as influencing brain function?

Scientific Coordinator
Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D., Vilas Research Professor and William James Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Participants
Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness, the XIVth Dalai Lama of Tibet
Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D., Vilas Research Professor and William James Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin-Madison
R. Adam Engle, J.D., M.B.A., CEO and Chairman of the Mind and Life Institute, and General Coordinator of the Mind and Life conferences
Fred H. Gage, Ph.D., Adler Professor, Laboratory of Genetics, The Salk Institute, San Diego
Michael J. Meaney, Ph.D., James McGill Professor, McGill University, Montreal
Kazuo Murakami, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor, Tsukuba University, Tsukuba, Japany
Helen J. Neville, Ph.D., The Robert and Beverly Lewis Endowed Chair, University of Oregon
Matthieu Ricard, Ph.D., Author and Buddhist monk at Shechen Monastery in Kathmandu and French interpreter since 1989 for His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Phillip R. Shaver, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology, University of California, Davis
Evan Thompson, Ph.D., Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Science and the Embodied Mind, York University, Toronto

Interpreters
Geshe Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D., President and Chief Editor for The Classics of Tibet Series produced by the Institute of Tibetan Classics in Montreal
B. Alan Wallace, Ph.D., President, The Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies


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