THE SCIENCE OF MINDFULNESS

Thu 24 April 2014 - 19:45 to 22:45

19:45 Live music

20:15 Speakers: Hiske van Ravesteijn, Rhoda Schuling and Esther Aarts

“Few of us ever live in the present. We are forever anticipating what is to come or remembering what has gone.” (Louis L’Amour)

Mindfulness originates from Buddhism where it can also be translated as ‘awareness’. It can be described as a way of living in which one focusses on the present moment, in which every thought, emotion or situation is approached with an open mind set. Mindfulness is being aware of everything that is without trying to change anything. Giving up resistance to difficult or unwanted situations or feelings helps to cope with them.

But is there a science behind mindfulness? Are the positive effects that many people claim to experience a result of detectable changes in the brain or merely a placebo-effect? In this Science Cafe we will find out what Mindfulness is according to psychologists and whether it has a scientific basis. What is mindfulness according to neuroscience? And does it indeed have the effect many people claim it has?

In addition, mindfulness is being used more and more as a treatment for various physical and psychological disorders. How and why are these treatments useful? And if mindfulness is simply a state of being, in which every situation, feeling and emotion is welcomed without judgement or resistance, can we apply mindfulness in day-to-day life?

Our guests will be dr Hiske van RavesteijnRhoda Schuling and dr Esther Aarts.

Jelle de Gruyter will as usual be our moderator.