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Mindfulness, Neuroscience and Emotion

Feb 27, 2023 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM

Registration Deadline: Feb 27, 2023 06:00 PM

Join us for a lecture by Norman Farb on the Mindfulness, Neuroscience and Emotion

Dr. Norman Farb has his bachelor of psychology from the University of Waterloo, and earned his Masters and Ph.D in psychology from the University of Toronto. He is currently an associate professor at UTM in the Psychology department. 

He studies  the neuroscience of human identity and emotion, with a focus on how cognitive biases shape emotional reactions that determine well-being. For example, some people seem to shrug off stressful encounters, whereas others cannot let them go. What distinguishes these people? Is it something about how they construe themselves and the world? What consequences do habitual patterns of self-reference have for well-being? How can we measure these constructs such as self-reference and emotion?

To these ends, Dr. Farb's work employs multiple levels of analysis, including first and third-person qualitative reports, behavioral task performance, physiological responses, and patterns of neural activity and connectivity derived primarily through functional MRI. In his research, he is particularly interested in how cognitive training practices such as mindfulness meditation foster resilience against stress, reducing vulnerability to affective disorders such as depression.

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