Contemplation and the Sciences

The CEC continues to explore and support interdisciplinary research into the short and long-term effects of contemplative practices. We seek to establish the Center as a world leader in investigating and designing contemplative practices that form engaged compassion by integrating the spiritual wisdom of religious traditions with contemporary understandings drawn from the human sciences.

A current, two-year project (in collaboration with the Fetzer Institute) examines compassion and contemplative practice involving involving social, cognitive, and affective neuroscience.  Co-Investigators include Andrew Dreitcer, Frank Rogers and Michael Spezio (Scripps College).

In general, the Center’s interests in this field lie in the following areas:

  • Brain, Mind, and Behavior Studies
  • Clinical Psychology Studies
  • Biomedical Studies