Contemplative Studies Initiative and Concentration

Kerr Gives Neuroscience Plenary Address

On August 31, Catherine E. Kerr, Director of Translational Neuroscience, Contemplative Studies Initiative, and Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, gave a plenary address to the North American Esther Thelan Research Symposium on "Embodying Neuroscience" held in San Mateo, CA.

Catherine E. KerrThe lecture was titled, "Keeping Body Awareness in Mind: Top-Down Modulation of Sensorimotor Brain Rhythms as a Therapeutic Mechanism."  Other plenary speakers included Dr. Michael Merzenich (UCSF) and Professor Alva Noe (UC Berkeley).  

In September, Dr. Kerr received a gran from the Mind and Life Foundation to convene a small national meeting of scientists to develop a research agenda for studying interoceptive awareness and contemplative practice. The conference will be the first to be heldat the Mind and Life House in Amherst (MA).