Using cognitive neuroscience as her lens, Dr. Aminda O'Hare discussed changes in brain states that arise from mindfulness practice, and offered a critical assessment of its effects. In her talk, she informed listeners about the real benefits of mindfulness and it leads to measurable change in consciousness and experience.
Assistant Professor Aminda O'Hare received her B.A. in Psychology at the University of Wyoming and her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology, with depth in Cognitive Neuroscience and a minor in Quantitative Psychology, at the University of Kansas. She completed an NIH-sponsored two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before coming to UMass Dartmouth in 2012. Her research focuses on the neuroscience of emotion-cognition interactions and, most recently, how practice with mindfulness can modify those interactions for yours.