A Joint UC Davis-Chen Institute Contemplative Science Summit and Community Gathering

A Joint UC Davis-TCCI Contemplative Science Summit and Community Gathering

8:00 AM – 6:30 PM

Vanderhoef Studio Theatre

Mondavi Center UC Davis Campus

Join us for a daylong summit to explore how contemplative science can extend beyond the lab and into the world to better study the consequences of contemplative practice, and to engage with society in more meaningful, impactful ways.

Symposium 1: Embedded Measurement & Remote Technologies, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

  • Contemplative research in context: Insights from COVID-era research and intensive retreat studies.
    Quinn Conklin, Ph.D., Brandon King, Ph.D., & Alea Skwara, Ph.D., University of California, Davis
  • Capturing the natural unfolding of memory for events encountered under threat and curiosity.
    Vishnu Murty, Ph.D., Temple University
  • App-based contemplative trainings: Promises and pitfalls of scalability.
    Paul Condon, Ph.D., Southern Oregon University

Symposium 2: Social Identity and Context, 1:00 pm – 3:45 pm

  • Restoring the élan vital of research: Principles and practices of inclusive, anti-racist science.
    Kamilah Majied, Ph.D., California State University, Monterey Bay
  • Can deep language models serve as a cognitive model for natural language processing in the human brain?
    Uri Hasson, Ph.D., Princeton University
  • Contemplative practice in context: A cultural-ecosocial approach
    Laurence Kirmayer, M.D., McGill University

Symposium 3: Shifting Societal Structures & Priorities, 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

  • Law’s Middle Way: Contemplative presence and restorative justice.
    Sujatha Baliga, J.D., Berkeley, California
  • Pay attention like your life depends on it: Advancing research on mindfulness training in real-world high-demand settings.
    Amishi Jha, Ph.D., University of Miami
  • Mindfulness training and peacemaking: Toward embracing reconciliation.
    Nava Levit-Binnun, Ph.D., Reichman University, Israel

Registration required.

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