Lecture: Can Mindfulness Free You From Your Own Feelings?
Scientific interest in mindfulness – the cultivation of non-judgmental awareness of the present moment, including one’s thoughts and feelings – has increased in recent years, as the evidence for benefits of mindfulness continues to grow. A number of questions remain, however, including what the key mechanisms of mindfulness are. Dr. DeMarree will discuss recent research by him and his colleagues that has focused on the decentering aspect of mindfulness – that is, taking an observer’s perspective on one's internal experiences. This research indicates that mindfulness may be able to free people from being rigidly bound to their thoughts and feelings. They have found initial support for this across contexts as diverse as psychopathology and moral judgment. His talk will discuss these studies, explanations for possible inconsistencies, and future directions for this line of inquiry.
Ken DeMarree is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at the University at Buffalo. His research examines attitudes, persuasion, automaticity, the self, and how common psychological processes can influence judgment and behavior. His research has been awarded grants from the National Institutes of Health the National Science Foundation.
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