Episode 150 :: Gunes Sevinc :: Mindfulness and Fear Response

Gunes Sevinc

Gunes Sevinc returns to the podcast to speak about the latest research on mindfulness and fear responses.

When looking at scientific research, sometimes a question comes up: So What? There’s a measurable resizing or thickening in some part of the brain, but how does that actually show up and maybe change things outside of a brain scan? Today we talk about one such paper that has a trifecta I always get excited about: good science, good active controls, and measurable changes that have tremendous potential to help people.

Gunes Sevinc is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School. Her PhD dissertation focused on neural networks associated with moral cognition, especially those involved in the detection of morally relevant stimuli. Her current research interests include the relationship between mindfulness meditation and moral cognition. She is specifically interested in the structural and functional changes associated with mindfulness practice as they relate to moral behavior and prosociality. Currently, she is utilizing multivariate neuroimaging analysis methods to investigate the effects of mindfulness practice in improving cognition.

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