Britta Hölzel | 30.11.2016 | 4 pm

The Neuroscience of Mindfulness

Britta Hölzel | Photo: M. Stobrawe
Britta Hölzel | Photo: M. Stobrawe

Public talk | 30.11.2016 | 16:00 - 17:30 | Uni Freiburg | Tennenbacher Str. 4, 79106 Freiburg, Germany | Herderbau, Room 400.


About: Britta Hölzel, a professional psychologist and neuro scientist, is specialized to study the neuronal mechanism of mindfulness meditation using magnetic resonance imaging. She has conducted her work at the Bender Institute of Neuroimaging, University of Gießen, the Harvard Medical School in Boston and the Technical Uiversity of Munich. Besides, Britta also is engaged as an instructor for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and as a Yoga teacher.


Talk: Mindfulness practice, i.e., non-judgmental awareness of present moment experiences, has received increasing interest in our society over the last decade. It is being applied in the treatment and prevention of psychiatric and somatic illnesses, for stress reduction and for the improvement of self regulation. In this presentation, we will discuss latest findings from neuroscience research that have demonstrated that mindfulness practice can lead to changes in the structure and function of brain regions that support attention and emotion regulation, and the perspective on self and others. These capacities, in turn, can influence the way we interact in the world. In order to generate new research questions, we want to discuss how contemplative practice might influence – via changes in physiological and psychological variables – our interaction with the environment and with other individuals/society.


This talk does not require registration. However, we would be very pleased if you would inform us about your possible visit here. The seminar will be held in English.