People have practiced various forms of meditation for thousands of years, usually in a religious context. But only recently has meditation been the subject of scientific study.
Clifford Saron, a neuroscientist at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain and the MIND Institute, leads the Shamatha Project, one of the most ambitious and comprehensive longitudinal studies of meditation ever conducted.
In this episode of The Backdrop, Saron discusses the project’s findings so far; what science can tell us about the tangible effects of meditation; and how mindfulness can affect our physical, mental and emotional health.
The Backdrop podcast is a monthly interview program featuring conversations with UC Davis scholars and researchers working in the social sciences, humanities, arts and culture. It is available free, on demand at Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Stitcher, Spotify and YouTube. The Backdrop is hosted by public radio veteran Soterios Johnson.