Can contemplative pedagogies such as mindfulness, contemplation and mindful self-inquiry increase experiential learning, well-being and meaning for students in higher-education programs? We are implementing and studying the effects of various contemplative pedagogies in under-graduate and professional development training.
We are studying the effects of our whole-school mindfulness-based social-emotional program – the Purple Schools Program – on teachers and students. We are interested in how mindfulness and SEL processes in schools support the schools in becoming mindful, need-supporting organizations, and how cultivating mindfulness in school leaders and teachers supports their ability to become need-supportive […]
In recent years, there is a growing understanding of the role of moral injury in trauma of people, such as soldiers, who have been sent to various missions that entail moral conflicts. MDMA is emerging as a effective treatment for trauma. We are studying the effects and underlying mechanisms of MDMA on moral injury.
Compassion and empathy are central for individual and societal wellbeing. In a set of studies, we have developed means to study physiological and emotional inter-personal synchronization and are using them to understand the relation between empathy, emotional distress, self-compassion and compassion.