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Understanding the Neurobiological Mechanisms of Mindfulness

 Published on Oct 12, 2012

David Vago, Ph.D. speaks on a new framework for understanding the neurobiological mechanisms of mindfulness at the Trauma Conference.

Rather than focusing on reducing mindfulness down to a single unitary dimension of cognition, we have attempted to illustrate the complexity of mechanisms by which mindfulness functions to reduce suffering and create a sustainable healthy mind using a framework of self-processing.

Our interpretation of mindfulness is thus provided by an empirical framework of self-awareness, self-regulation, and self-transcendence (S-ART) to illustrate a method for becoming aware of [and familiar with] the conditions which cause [and remove] distortions or biases in the individual's construction of his or her external or internal experience.

In support of S-ART, six neuro-cognitive component mechanisms that are highly integrated and strengthened together through intentional mental strategies underlying the practice and cultivation of mindfulness are proposed to modulate networks of self processing and reduce bias.

 These mechanisms include intention and motivation, attention and emotion regulation, extinction and reconsolidation, prosociality, non-attachment and de-centering.

The lecture is based on a new publication (to be published Oct. 25th, 2012) found here:

Understanding the Neurobiological Mechanisms of Mindfulness - YouTube

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