Thursday, Feb 01, 2018 6:30p -
14 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143
Alcohol, Innovation, Lectures & Conferences, Tech, University
Science by the Pint is a free science café in which we invite a Boston-area research lab out to a pub or brewery to chat science over a cold one. The events are geared toward a general audience – all are welcome and no experience is necessary!
This week's event is:
Does Mindfulness Alter the Mind? The Impact Meditation Has On Our Brains
Dr. Sara Lazar, Ph.D.
Associate Researcher in Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
Assistant Professor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School
Thursday, February 1st, 6:30-8:00pm at Aeronaut Brewery (14 Tyler Street, Somerville, MA, 02143)
Dating back thousands of years, the practices of yoga and meditation originated with ancient Hinduism, where they were seen as tools to help the practitioner achieve focus and enlightenment. In modern times, yoga is now practiced by millions of people of all religious and ethnic backgrounds around the world. Studies have shown that yoga practitioners are often mentally healthier than the average person, with reduced anxiety and a lowered risk of depression, but the scientific link between yoga, meditation, and the brain remains unclear. Dr. Sara Lazar’s research aims to explore this phenomenon by elucidating the neural mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of yoga and meditation, both in clinical settings and in healthy individuals. Her recent work has shown that meditation can produce structural changes in the brain, with potentially far-reaching effects on cognition and aging. We hope you’ll join us for what promises to be an illuminating discussion!