Dr. Clifford Saron is an Associate Research Scientist at the Center for Mind and Brain at the UC Davis. He has had a long-standing interest in brain and behavioral effects of meditation practice. In the early 1990's Dr. Saron was centrally involved in a field research project investigating Tibetan Buddhist mind training in collaboration with Jose Cabezón, Richard Davidson, Francisco Varela, Alan Wallace and others. Currently, in collaboration with Alan Wallace, Paul Ekman, and other colleagues at UC Davis and elsewhere, he is principal investigator of The Shamatha Project, a unique longitudinal study of the effects of intensive training based on the practice of meditative quiescence (shamatha) and cultivation of the four immeasurables (loving kindness, compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity) on attention-related skills and emotion regulation.
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