Scientific evidence of some of the social, personal, and health benefits of meditation events


Scientific evidence for some of the social, personal, and health benefits of meditation

June 16, 2021 from 1.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m.

This session will be moderated by Assistant Professor Chad Danyluck, Department of Psychology.

There is a preponderance of research examining the benefits of meditation for personal health. Surprisingly, the literature has been relatively silent about how meditation could transform society through changes in the individual. This talk presents evidence from three cross-sectional studies, each of which shows the potential societal benefits of meditative practice brought about by changes in the individual. In particular, we will consider the relationship between meditation and (1) the development of character strengths that can improve interpersonal relationships, (2) neurophysiological effects associated with the inhibition of racial prejudice, and (3) collective physiological processes that are personal and relational Processes can improve well-being. After the presentation we will take part in a short guided meditation.

About the researcher

Professor Chad Danyluck is a social psychophysiologist who studies human interactions. His primary research interests focus on understanding the interpersonal processes that promote and affect the health and wellbeing of underrepresented groups, with an emphasis on indigenous peoples. To achieve these goals, he uses environmentally valid methods (e.g., community-based research, field studies, and psychophysiological, dyadic, and group-based designs), advanced statistics (e.g., structural equation modeling, multilevel modeling), and open scientific practices (e.g., pre-registration , Preprint, data and code sharing). Its aim is to understand the combination of subjective, behavioral, physiological and social factors that support harmonious interpersonal relationships in different societies and help underrepresented groups lead safer, healthier and happier lives.

Mental Health Lecture Series

This session is part of the 2020/2021 Speaker Series for Mental Health at Work. Find out more.

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