Meditation, Mindfulness, and Mental Acuity

After the impressive show of interest for the Fall 2013 Special Topics Course Mindfulness: The Practice and Science of Contemplation, taught by Dr. Paul Verhaeghen, we, in the Honors Program, want all our students to have the opportunity to study secular methods of Meditation and Mindfulness to enhance mental acuity, through seminars by three excellent speakers, as well as informal meditation sessions.

Spring 2015 GUEST SPEAKERS (schedule below)



Georgia Tech’s own Professor of Psychology, Dr. Paul Verhaeghen, who received his Doctorate of Psychology from the University of Leuven, Belgium, researches cognitive control in regards to dealing with complex tasks in a complex environment. A more detailed view of his work can be seen here, on his lab website.



Geshe Dadul Namgyal is a Buddhist practitioner and scholar and received his Geshe Lharam, the highest degree of learning in Tibetan Buddhism, from Drepung Loseling Monastery.  He has served as translator for the Dalai Lama and is currently a leading member of the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative. He can be seen here giving his talk on the Six Ways of Meditating on the Breath.



Professor Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, an Associate Professor of Psychology at Life University, who received his Doctorate of Philosophy in Modern History from the University of Oxford and is educated in Russian and East European Studies and Theological Studies. He can be seen here giving his lecture Paying Attention to the Components of Mindfulness




For more information about the project, contact Dr. Monica Halka, Honors Program Associate Director.