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

| December 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

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.

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Ted Meissner is the host of the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. He has been a meditator since the early 90’s, has been interviewed for Books and Ideas, Mindful Lives, and The Whole Leader podcasts, spoken about mindfulness with various groups including Harvard Humanist Hub, and has written for Elephant Journal and The International Journal of Whole Person Care. He is the Executive Director of the Secular Buddhist Association, host of the SBA’s official podcast The Secular Buddhist, and is on the Advisory Board for the Spiritual Naturalist Society. Ted’s background is in the Zen and Theravada traditions, he is a regular speaker on interfaith panel discussions, and is interested in examining the evolution of contemplative practice in contemporary culture. Ted teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care & Society, where he is the Manager of Online Programming and Community Development.

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