Course Description

Mindfulness—paying attention to the present moment with openness, curiosity, acceptance, and non-identification—is an ancient practice that has become increasingly popular today. This course is designed to familiarize students with mindfulness and meditation as studied in psychology. Particular attention is paid to their incorporation into psychotherapy as well as scientific research. Students also learn about the historical origins of these practices and their contemporary relevance. This course involves an experiential component, in which students personally practice mindfulness and meditation.

Learner Outcomes

  • Historical, conceptual, and empirical bases for mindfulness and meditation
  • Various techniques for mindfulness and meditation
  • Ways to personally determine the most helpful practices and overcome obstacles to practice
  • In depth exploration of a related issue or practice, based on your own interests

Additional Information

  • Increased insight into one’s self, as derived from participation in mindfulness and meditation exercises
  • Skills to help promote focus and relaxation, based on your personal experience
  • Knowledge of the current state of scientific research on mindfulness and meditation
  • Tools to critically evaluate research on mindfulness and meditation
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