Padam-lama Vajrasattva Heruka, Dorje Sempa with Vajragarvi In early January I presented a lecture on "Contemplative Science and Practice: How to Do Research You Love" to the Faculty Forum at the Wright Institute. I told my personal story (how a meeting with Paul Ekman, the world-famous emotion researcher upon whom the TV series "Lie to me" was based, directed me to Tibetan Buddhism and a Tibetan Buddhist practice). I told a research story, and provided an overview of current findings in contemplative science, including the findings from our own lab at the Wright Institute, the Emotion, Personality and Altruism Research Group (EPARG) ( http://www.eparg.org ).
What happened in the basement of the psych building 40 years ago shocked the world.
Even as practice changes the brain’s anatomy , it also helps different regions of the brain talk to one another. Some neurons strengthen their connections to other neurons and weaken their connections to still others. Early on, neurons in the front of the brain (the prefrontal cortex) are active. That region is vital for top-down control, which enables us to focus on a task and consider a range of responses. With practice, the prefrontal cortex grows quiet.
We like to think that men and women are fundamentally the same, excepting their reproductive organs.