Take a Survey Main hall Jun 21, 2019 Main Presentation
Self and consciousness 15:10 - 15:50

Yair Dor-Ziderman will make the case for combining phenomenology, neuroscience and meditative training for studying minimal aspects of self-awareness. Minimal self-awareness refers to what remains of our 'self' after stripping away the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves and our perceived continuity over time; an immediate presence imbued with the sense of being a knowing and enduring agent inhabiting a body situated within, but separate from, a world of things and other beings. Buddhist mind training systems have long focused on experiential investigation of such states as keys to liberation and well-being.


Doz-Zimerman will present his group's neurophenomenological research agenda to prove these topics. He will share the findings of initial proof-of-concept studies, showing that subtle states of self consciousness can be produced and studied within laboratory settings. He will suggest how both the subjective experience and brain oscillations of long-term meditators serve as complementary means for advancing our knowledge in a meaningful way.


Finally, he will describe his group present efforts at rigorous validation, replication and extension of these results to a larger population through a custom-tailored training regime.


Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya


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