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“The Science of Mindfulness” To Be Explored On February 6

An event at the New York Academy of Sciences will explore the art of mindfulness and contemplative practice through the lens of neuroscience.

Published January 25, 2013

NEW YORK, January 25, 2013—On Wednesday, February 6, the New York Academy of Sciences, in partnership with the Nour Foundation and Wisconsin Public Radio's nationally-syndicated program To the Best of Our Knowledge, will present Becoming Conscious: The Science of Mindfulness. This sold-out event will delve into the role of consciousness in daily life and its implications for our emotional and psychological well-being, as well as what we can do to increase our attunement to the present moment. The event is part of The Emerging Science of Consciousness: Mind, Brain and the Human Experience Series.

Steve Paulson, Executive Producer, To the Best of Our Knowledge, will moderate a panel comprised of neuroscientists Richard Davidson (University of Wisconsin, Madison) and Amishi Jha (University of Miami), as well as clinical mindfulness expert Jon Kabat-Zinn (Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts Medical School). The panel will explore the role of consciousness in mental and physical health, how we can train the mind to become more flexible and adaptable, and what cutting-edge neuroscience is revealing about the transformation of consciousness through mindfulness and contemplative practice.

 "One of the most remarkable scientific findings of recent decades is how plastic the human brain is. People who train their minds, through meditation and other contemplative practices, can actually rewire their brains. This is why the new science of mindfulness could be revolutionary," says Paulson.

To learn more about the event, visit

This event is the fourth in the four-part series The Emerging Science of Consciousness: Mind, Brain and the Human Experience. To see video footage of prior events—including "Music & the Mind: The Magical Power of Sound," "The Mystery of Memory: In Search of the Past," and "The Thinking Ape: The Enigma of Human Consciousness"—visit

Media must RSVP to Diana Friedman (; 212-298-8645).


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About the Nour Foundation

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About To the Best of Our Knowledge

To The Best of Our Knowledge is a Peabody Award-winning radio show produced at Wisconsin Public Radio and syndicated by Public Radio International. Each week TTBOOK cracks open the world of ideas, featuring in-depth interviews with renowned scientists, writers, artists, scholars, and visionaries. Please visit us online at