Fall 2017 CSC Speaker Series: Tania Singer - Training the Heart and Mind



Fall 2017 CSC Speaker Series: Tania Singer - Training the Heart and Mind


Mon., Nov 27 2017 - 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM


Nau Hall Rm 101

Please join us for Tania Singer's talk, "Training the Heart and Mind: Effects of a One-Year Contemplative Mental Training Study on Brain, Subjectivity, Health, and Prosociality.
Free, open to the public. Registration recommended here.
At the intersection of the fields of social and contemplative neurosciences, researchers have begun to investigate the effects of meditation-based mental training on brain, social capacities, well-being and health.
In this talk, Tania will introduce the ReSource Project, a large-scale, nine-month, multi-disciplinary secular mental training study aimed at the daily cultivation of multiple wholesome qualities such as a) mindfulness-attention and interoceptive awareness, b) socio-affective capacities such as empathy, compassion and prosocial motivation, and c) meta-cognitive skills including perspective taking on others as well as on inner aspects of the Self.
Tania will discuss initial results which show that these different types of mental practices do not only come with very unique experiential phenomenological fingerprints, but can also have differential and large effects on brain plasticity, improved attention, compassion and perspective-taking on aspects of the Self, as well as others’ minds. Furthermore, intersubjective dyadic training can reduce social stress on the hormonal level as well as increase social closeness, interconnectedness, and prosocial behaviors. Finally, Tania will discuss the implications of these findings for contemplative science as well as for society at large.
Tania Singer is Director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig since 2010. After receiving her doctorate in Psychology at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, she became a post-doctoral fellow at the same institution, at the Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience, and at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience in London. In 2006, she became an assistant professor at the University of Zurich and assumed the roles of Inaugural Chair of Social Neuroscience and Neuroeconomics and Co-Director of the Laboratory for Social and Neural Systems Research.
Tania's research focuses on the foundations of human social behavior and the neuronal, developmental, and hormonal mechanisms underlying social cognition and emotions such as empathy, compassion and fairness. She investigates the psychological and neuroscientific effects of mental training on brain, health, and behavior. Tania is the principal investigator of the ReSource Project, a large-scale longitudinal mental training study on compassion. In addition, in cooperation with the economist Dennis Snower, she is working towards new models of a "caring economy."