In this 2009 Google Tech talk, Prof Richard J. Davidson explores recent scientific research on the neuroscience of positive human qualities and how they can be cultivated through meditation practice. Dr. Richard Davidson is the Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. He is a long term practitioner of meditation and a friend of the 14th Dalai Lama. His work involves research on the brain as it relates to meditation.
Distinctions among different forms of meditation practices are introduced by the speaker and they are shown to have different neural and behavioral consequences. An important finding was the positive improvements in physical health of both long-term and novice practitioners. Prof Davidson mentions that new research shows that even meditation-based interventions delivered online could produce behavioral and neural changes. Collectively, this body of research indicates that we can cultivate adaptive neural changes and strengthen positive human qualities through systematic mental practice.
The link to the talk:Transform Your Mind, Change Your Brain