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Special Issue "The Physiology of Contemplative Experiences and Practices"
A special issue of Biology (ISSN 2079-7737).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2022) | Viewed by 5984
Special Issue Editors
Interests: mental health promotion; well-being and resilience; contemplative practices
Interests: time perception; altered states of consciousness; self-consciousness; drug effects and drug dependence
Interests: mindfulness in educational setups; sense of self; consciousness
Special Issue Information
This Special Issue of Biology focuses on recent advances in the field of the physiology of contemplative experiences and practices. Important advances in neuroscience, psychology and clinical medicine suggest that contemplative practices and experiences may change the brain and body (both function and structure) and potentially help improve health problems, enhance well-being and promote healthy behaviors. Contemplative practices vary and emerge from diverse traditions. As disciplines of body and mind they share a number of features, including the cultivation of altered state of consciousness (ASCs), or expanded consciousness, generally aiming at a holistic approach to well-being. Contemplative experiences include either psychologically (e.g., meditation, sensory deprivation, or contemplative inquiry) or physiologically (e.g., psychedelics) induced ASCs. Their measurable effects can be during the experience (short-term, state effects) or lasting (long-term, trait effects). Physiological measures can include neuroscience (central nervous system, peripheral physiology) and clinically relevant biological measures. One of the major proposed mechanisms that underlie such beneficial effects might be related to a shift in self-consciousness, especially a reduction in the central focus on self-consciousness, e.g., experiences of volitionally reduced self-boundaries, meditation-induced selflessness or psychedelic-induced ego-dissolution. Our goal is to stimulate interdisciplinary research by closing the gap between theoreticians and experimentalists in the field of contemplative-type practices and to foster collaborations that will strongly benefit both communities and improve our understanding of mechanisms that underlie the clinical effect of contemplative practices on health. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
- Clinical work—biological measures of contemplative-type experiences, related to physical and mental health and well-being.
- Basic science—relating contemplative-type experiences to physiological measures of (self) consciousness.
- Theoretical contributions related to the above clinical work and basic science, including physiological measures.
Dr. Shahar Lev-Ari
Dr. Marc Wittmann
Prof. Aviva Berkovich-Ohana
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- contemplative practices