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Science Café to focus on mindfulness meditation

Brian Ostafin, assistant professor of psychology at NDSU, will present “Meditation is not what you think: Psychology research on the benefits of training the mind” Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. in Stokers Basement, Hotel Donaldson, 101 N. Broadway, as part of the Science Café series.

Science Café, sponsored by NDSU’s College of Science and Math, features a presentation by a scientist and time for discussion with the scientist and other attendees.

One recent advance in psychological science involves several findings suggesting that how people pay attention to their ongoing experience contributes to their happiness and creativity. It also affects treatment of psychological disorders. The development of mindfulness has been defined as “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment and nonjudgmentally.”

This presentation will review recent research on the benefits of practicing mindfulness meditation. It will focus on data from the NDSU lab regarding how attention training can help people overcome the detrimental effects of habitual patterns of thinking and behaving.

The presentation is free and open to the public. Attendees must be 21 or older or accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, contact Keri Drinka at or 231-6131.



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Last Updated: Thursday, August 08, 2013 8:33:23 AM