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NEWS
  • Conversations on Wisdom: UnCut Interview with Richard J. Davidson (video)

    by Jason Boulware and Jean Matelski Boulware Click here to watch the interview! Richard J. Davidson, PhD, is a renowned neuroscientist and one of the world’s leading experts on the impact of contemplative practices, such as meditation, on the brain. He is the founder of the Center for Healthy Minds at...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Center for Practical Wisdom Research Forum: Dilip Jeste, MD

    At the Center’s 2016 Wisdom Research Forum, Dilip V. Jeste, MD delivered a presentation titled, "Wisdom from a neuroscience perspective". Dr. Jeste is Senior Associate Dean for Healthy Aging and Senior Care; Estelle and Edgar Levi Chair in Aging; Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences;...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Center for Practical Wisdom inaugural wisdom forum

    Following the announcement of the new Center for Practical Wisdom in June 2016, we held the inaugural wisdom forum meeting on July 13-14, 2016. Hosted by the Center Director Howard Nusbaum, the forum brought together key scholars and scientists to discuss wisdom from multiple perspectives and disseminate...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Trading changes how brain processes selling decisions

    by Mark Peters, UChicago News Market experience leaves people less susceptible to economic bias, study finds Experience in trading changes how the human brain evaluates the sale of goods, muting a well-established economic bias known as the endowment effect, according to researchers at the University...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • TedMed Talk: Dilip Jeste on Seeking Wisdom in Graying Matter

    TedMed2016 Watch the latest TedMed2016 talk with Dr. Dilip Jeste as he answers the following questions: How do we define wisdom? Where in the brain is wisdom located? Does wisdom increase with aging and for what purpose? How can an aging brain allow for growth of wisdom? Dilip Jeste is a renowned geriatric...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • 14th Dalai Lama to visit Madison for live-streamed event on global well-being

    Center for Healthy Minds Gathering perspectives to promote global well-being, the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin–Madison will host His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso and a panel of experts at a live-streamed event Wednesday, March 9, 2016. The event, “The World We...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • What happens in the brain when we hear stories? Uri Hasson at TED2016

    by Thu-Huong Ha, TED Blog We may, as Joan Didion once wrote, tell ourselves stories in order to live—but Uri Hasson is looking for a few more reasons. The neuroscientist based at Princeton University researches the neurological basis of human communication and storytelling, and in session 11 at TED2016...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Researchers find way to measure wisdom

    By Karla Tecson, International Business Times Researchers at the University of Southern Queensland are designing a new measure that would "accurately and objectively" capture an individual's level of wisdom. The new psychological measure of wisdom might be able to tell whether you make...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Conversations on Wisdom: Uncut Interview with Amishi Jha (video)

    by Jason Boulware and Jean Matelski Boulware Amishi Jha is an associate professor in the department of psychology at the University of Miami. The Jha lab explores the stability and mutability of attention and working memory. With large contributions to the field of contemplative practice, her research...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • With age comes wisdom: Largest ever brain scan analysis reveals secrets of ageing

    By Stephen Chen, South China Morning Post As we age, the centre of activity in our brains shifts from the back to the front, the largest ever study of its kind has revealed, giving scientists a better understanding of the effects of ageing and opening up the potential to slow down the process. While...
     Posted by: brendah
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PUBLICATIONS
  • “In Defense of Aristotle on Character: Toward a Synthesis of Recent Psychology, Neuroscience, and Michael Polanyi,” (2017)

    In the United States, various forms of character education have become popular in both elementary and professional education. They are often criticised, however, for their reliance on Aristotle, who is said to be problematic at several points. In response to these criticisms, I argue that Aristotle’s...
    (My publication) Posted by: lewis_pa
  • Self as narrative- the transcendance of identifying with the narrative. (2016)

    “Why are you unhappy? Because 99.9 percent of everything you think, and of everything you do, is for yourself—and there isn’t one.”― Wei Wu Wei These are two paragraphs from my almost finished book- Realizing our Original Mind . ‘While the self seems real and substantial, our dis-identification practice...
    (My publication) Posted by: rodgericketts
  • What the [bleep]? Enhanced absolute pitch memory for a 1000 Hz sine tone (2016)

    Abstract: Many individuals are able to perceive when the tuning of familiar stimuli, such as popular music recordings, has been altered. This suggests a kind of ubiquitous pitch memory, though it is unclear how this ability differs across individuals with and without absolute pitch (AP) and whether it...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Telling in-tune from out-of-tune: Widespread evidence for implicit absolute intonation (2016)

    Abstract: Absolute pitch (AP) is the rare ability to name or produce an isolated musical note without the aid of a reference note. One skill thought to be unique to AP possessors is the ability to provide absolute intonation judgments (e.g., classifying an isolated note as “in-tune” or “out-of-tune”...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • The Buddha's Radical Psychology: Explorations (2016)

    The Buddha's Radical Psychology: Explorations My newest book now available is titled, The Buddha's Radical Psychology: Explorations.The Buddha's teachings are, at heart, a way of life based on a revolutionary psychology which emphasizes the cultivation of wisdom and compassion. Through an...
    (My publication) Posted by: rodgericketts
  • What Is Your Newest Book About? (2016)

    Since I first posted about the publication of my newest Book- The Buddha's Radical Psychology: Explorations , I have had numerous inquirers asking about the content of the book. I thought the quickest look at the book contents would be to list the Table of Contents. You can find it on Amazon, Good...
    (My publication) Posted by: rodgericketts
  • Toward a Neuroscience of Wisdom (2016)

    Chapter excerpt: Wisdom is a quality of human nature that has been discussed extensively throughout history, perhaps most notably by Aristotle. In modern times, however, despite being considered a pinnacle of human cognition, there has been little public discourse about wisdom or its importance in human...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Why empathy has a beneficial impact on others in medicine: unifying theories (2015)

    Abstract: The past decades have seen an explosion of studies on empathy in various academic domains including affective neuroscience, psychology, medicine, and economics. However, the volumes of research have almost exclusively focused on its evolutionary origins, development, and neurobiological bases...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: brendah
  • The Biological Origin of “Self” (2014)

    "Everything should be as simple as it can be but not simpler!” ~ Albert Einstein The Biological Origin of “Self” In my book, The Buddha’s Teachings: Seeing Without Illusion, I explore the Buddha’s concept of Anatta, or no-self. I show that the Buddha described the concept of self as a relative,...
    (My publication) Posted by: rodgericketts
  • What IS Mindfulness? A Perspective that the Buddha Taught. (2014)

    There is confusion among professionals about the meaning and application of the practise of Mindfulness. This 'blog' explores that topic and comes to the conclusion that the Buddha meant Sati or Mindfulness to mean a function similar to what is now called meta-cognition or executive brain function...
    (My publication) Posted by: rodgericketts
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DISCUSSIONS
  • The Transformative Power of Wisdom and Insight

    By Brenda Huskey Erik Weihenmayer was born with a rare disease called retinoschisis. As a young child, doctors told him that he would go blind, but they did not tell him how he was going to navigate the world as a blind person. Erik became completely blind by the age of 13. Depressed and in despair,...
     Posted by: brendah
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