What is happening in the brain when we sit down to meditate? We are pleased to welcome esteemed leader and educator in the field of neuroscience, Rafael Yuste, to speak about neuroscientific research and the art of mindfulness.
Rafael Yuste is a professor of biological sciences and neuroscience at Columbia University, where he has served as director of the Neurotechnology Center since 2014. He is a long time member of Mindful Harlem and is passionate about the intersection of meditation and philosophy of mind.
A complete map of our brain activity is the "Everest of science," says Rafael Yuste, who helped conceive of Obama's Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative as a first attempt at scaling it. Dr. Yuste’s work has led him on a deep personal and scientific journey into awareness, subjective experience, and information processing. Our scientific understanding of the brain continues to grow and change at an extraordinary pace. Dr. Yuste provides us with in-depth look at the science that underlies meditation's effectiveness, and addresses some of our most pressing questions about what makes us human and the cultivation of well-being in our lives- or at least prompts us to ask them.