Episode 60 :: Fadel Zeidan & John McHaffie :: Modulation of Pain by Mindfulness Meditation

| April 15, 2011 | 1 Comment

Dr. Fadel Zeidan

Dr. Fadel Zeidan and Dr. John McHaffie join us to speak about their neurological study, Brain Mechanisms Supporting the Modulation of Pain by Mindfulness Meditation.

Hi, everyone. One of the things we secular types are often faced with is that we want to see evidence. We may be a bit skeptical of mystical explanations of what happens in our minds during meditation, for example. Happily, modern science is providing an increasingly robust body of knowledge, as brain scans provide the hard evidence that supports the expectation that our experiences, in addition to being wonderful and transformative, are perfectly natural biological events.

Dr. Fadel Zeidan is a post-doctoral Research Fellow at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, having gotten his Doctorate of Philosophy in Experimental Health Psychology at UNC Charlotte. He was awarded the Mind and Life Summer Research Institute Research Fellowship in 2009, and has a number of studies published on the effects of meditation on the experience of pain.

Dr. John McHaffie

Dr. John McHaffie is Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the Wake Forest School of Medicine, and has been a meditator for many years. His previous contributions to the field includes interactions between the midbrain superior colliculus and the basal ganglia, cross-modal rehabilitative training with auditory-visual cues ameliorates visual hemineglect in visual cortex lesioned cats, and of course my favorite, anterior ectosylvian subregions send converging inputs with multiple morphologies to multisensory superior colliculus neurons.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice Evening in Missoula.

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Shakuhachi Meditations

Shakuhachi Meditations

The music heard in the middle of the podcast is from Rodrigo Rodriguez‘s CD, Shakuhachi Meditations. The tracks used in this episode are:

  • Lady of the Snow

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Ted Meissner

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Ted Meissner is the host of the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. He has been a meditator since the early 90’s, has been interviewed for Books and Ideas, Mindful Lives, and The Whole Leader podcasts, spoken about mindfulness with various groups including Harvard Humanist Hub, and has written for Elephant Journal and The International Journal of Whole Person Care. He is the Executive Director of the Secular Buddhist Association, host of the SBA’s official podcast The Secular Buddhist, and is on the Advisory Board for the Spiritual Naturalist Society. Ted’s background is in the Zen and Theravada traditions, he is a regular speaker on interfaith panel discussions, and is interested in examining the evolution of contemplative practice in contemporary culture. Ted teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care & Society, where he is the Manager of Online Programming and Community Development.