COGNITIVE, AFFECTIVE, AND CONTEMPLATIVE NEUROSCIENCES IN THE FUNCTIONAL NEUROIMAGING LABORATORY (FNL - CACN LAB)

 

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One focus of study in the Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory (FNL) is Cognitive, Affective, and Contemplative Neuroscience Research, headed by junior faculty member, David R. Vago. FNL focuses on utilizing translational models to identify and characterize neurobiological substrates mediating psychopathology. In this context, we specifically investigate functional-anatomical neural systems-based networks supporting cultivated forms of Self-Awareness, Self-Regulation, and Self-Transcendence (S-ART) underlying the construct of mindfulness. We explore wisdom-based traditions of contemplative practice that strengthen S-ART systems including forms of meditation and yoga-based practice.

Our research is intended to clarify adaptive mind-brain-body interactions and their therapeutic relevance in psychiatric disorders. By revealing the neural circuitry and further identifying endophenotypes for pathophysiology, we hope to better predict outcomes and potential targets for the development of biologically-based diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for those suffering with mental illness.

   
PEOPLE
   

24, APR 2012: Dr. Vago presented his research along with 5 other contemplative scientists to His Holiness The Dalai Lama in Mind and Life XXIV - Latest Findings in Contemplative Neuroscience [Link]

03, DEC 2011: Mechanisms of Mindfulness
A new paper was published in Perspectives of Psychological Science on the mechanisms of mindfulness [Link]

12 Nov 2011 ::  Mindfulness and Bias
A study investigating the effects of mindfulness training on pain-related bias in patients with Fibromyalgia is published in Cognitive Therapy and Research [Link].

01 Nov 2011 ::  Grant awarded from 1440 Foundation (Kriens Family Foundation)
The CACN lab will be investigating the long-term effects of mindfulness training in young adults



 
Principal Investigator:

David Vago

 David R. Vago, Ph.D.

David Vago on Contemplative Science from 1440 Foundation on Vimeo.

 

 

 

Address:

Harvard Medical School
Brigham & Women's Hospital
Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory
Department of Psychiatry
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02130

 

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