Episode 059 :: Fadel Zeidan :: Mindfulness, Pain, and Placebo

Fadel Zeidan

Dr. Fadel Zeidan joins us to speak about his research findings about mindfulness, pain, and placebo.

In this second of a two-part series, we continue our discussion of recent findings around placebo effects. Far from being false positives, there is research to suggest that not only are these effects measurably “in your head”, but they employ different neural mechanisms from mindfulness based practices for pain.

Fadel Zeidan is Assistant Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy, and Associate Director of Neuroscience at the Wake Forest Center for Integrative Medicine. His programmatic line of research is focused on determining the neural mechanisms that mediate the relationship between self-regulatory practices and health. He is especially interested in determining if and how mindfulness-based mental training regimens affect pain and self-referential processing. He is currently conducting studies to examine the effects of mindfulness meditation on a spectrum of chronic pain outcomes. Dr. Zeidan was awarded the 2014 Mitchell Max Award for Research Excellence by the National Institute of Health for his work on mindfulness meditation and pain.

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Music for This Episode Courtesy of Rodrigo Rodriguez

The music heard in this podcast is from Rodrigo Rodriguez. You can visit his website to hear more of his music, get the full discography, and view his upcoming tour dates.

About Ted Meissner

Ted Meissner has been a meditator since the early 90’s, is a UMass Center for Mindfulness Qualified MBSR Teacher, and is the host of the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. He has been interviewed for Books and Ideas, Mindful Lives, and The Whole Leader as well as several other podcasts, and has presented about mindfulness to various groups including the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Harvard Humanist Hub, and Be The Match, the National Marrow Donor program. Ted has been published in Perspectives on Psychological Science, Mindful, and The International Journal of Whole Person Care.

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