Episode 93 :: Philippe Goldin :: Brain Changes with Meditation

| December 3, 2011 | 3 Comments

Dr. Philippe Goldin

Dr. Philippe Goldin speaks with us about changes in the brain from meditation, why psychological studies deal with placebo effects, and parent child mindfulness meditation training on family relationships.

Hi, everyone. It’s been a very active few weeks with the release of the new Secular Buddhist Association website, and we’re seeing active participation on both Comments on the episode pages, and in the Discussion forum. Thank you very much for taking an active part in the engagement with others in the ongoing development of our secular Buddhist community. We have many exciting things coming soon, including upcoming interviews with Sue Blackmore, both Stephen and Martine Batchelor, John Peacock, and of course ongoing talks with scientists like Dr. Rick Hanson on the frontiers of meditation’s effects on the brain, so stay tuned.

As we do talk about science and various developments in therapy, we need to make comparisons between meditation and other treatments. How does participation in a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program, for example, compare to aerobic exercise for social anxiety? And is there a difference between what participants self report, and what we see happening in an fMRI scan? The results of these controlled, randomized studies can lead to what is most effective and helpful to people’s suffering. That’s what it’s all about, after all, and that’s what I like about good science: it clearly and unambiguously demonstrates its usefulness with evidence.

Dr. Goldin completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Rutgers University, Clinical Psychology Internship at the UC San Diego / San Diego VA consortium, and is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University. His clinical research focuses on (a) functional neuroimaging investigations of cognitive affective mechanisms in both healthy adults and in individuals with various forms of psychopathology, (b) the effect of mindfulness meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy on neural substrates of emotional reactivity, emotion regulation, and attention regulation, and (c) the effect of child-parent mindfulness meditation training on anxiety, compassion, and quality of family interactions.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice cocoa. It is December, after all.

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The music heard in the middle of the podcast is from the Chikuzen Shakuhachi Series, Volume 1, courtesy of Tai Hei Shakuhachi. The tracks used in this episode are:

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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.

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  1. Dana Nourie Dana Nourie says:

    Fascintating interview, and it was too short!

    I found two areas really interesting: that they can see in fMRIs the areas of the brain that construct versions of a “self”, that there is no static self to be found; and how we are not very reliable in reporting on our subjective experiences. For instance, you may think you are staying focused on an object but you have actually wandered off into paying attention to the outside world.

    I think it’s great that Buddhist practices are under this kind of scientific scrutiny, and in looking to the brain during meditation we are learning more about brain function and benefits to us in various ways.

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