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"Mindfulness, the aware, balanced acceptance of present experience, is at the heart of what the Buddha taught.”
—Sylvia Boorstein

Clifford Saron

Clifford Saron, a Research Scientist at the Center for Mind and Brain and MIND Institute at the University of California at Davis, received his Ph.D. in neuroscience from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1999. He is Principal Investigator of the Shamatha Project, an ongoing multidisciplinary longitudinal investigation of the effects of long-term intensive meditation. In 2012, Dr. Saron and his colleagues were awarded the inaugural Templeton Prize Research Grant from the John Templeton Foundation. Recently his group has also examined effects of one-month insight meditation retreats at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Dr. Saron's other research area focuses on uni- and multisensory processing in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to better understand individual differences in how these children experience their everyday sensory environments. Dr. Saron is also part of a study at UCSF of mindfulness-based interventions for mothers of children with ASD.



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