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What sources can you trust and what strategies can you use to enhance your well-being? With an overload of information about health and wellness, it can be overwhelming to decide what is reliable.

Join us for this series featuring U of T experts who are not only doing leading edge research into the most important factors that contribute to your well-being, but are also gifted communicators and presenters. You will learn not only the science of a life well lived but also gain some very practical applications that are immediately useful.

Reconceptualising Mindfulness to Reveal its Connections to Insight and Flow
June 2, 12-1:00pm, ODLC Room 610

There has been an explosion of interest and investigation into the phenomenon of Mindfulness and Mindfulness practices such as meditation. Yet a lot of this investigation is not of the best quality. One of the reasons is that  the Mindfulness construct has not been operationalized in a way that reveals its connections to insight and flow, and yet it is plausible that many of the cognitive and existential benefits of Mindfulness practices are due to insight and flow facilitation. This talk will address this gap by reconceptualizing Mindfulness in a way that more closely aligns with the independent research on insight and flow.

John Vervaeke is an Assistant Professor, in the teaching stream. He has been teaching at the University of Toronto since 1994. He currently teaches courses in the Cognitive Science program including Introduction to Cognitive Science, and the Cognitive Science of Consciousness; courses in the Psychology department on thinking and reasoning with an emphasis on insight problem solving, cognitive development with an emphasis on the dynamical nature of development, and higher cognitive processes with an emphasis on intelligence, rationality, mindfulness, and the Psychology of wisdom.  He also teaches a course in the Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health program on Buddhism and Cognitive Science. He has won and been nominated for several teaching awards including the 2001 Students' Administrative Council and Association of Part-time Undergraduate Students Teaching Award for the Humanities, and the 2012 Ranjini Ghosh Excellence in Teaching Award. He has published articles on relevance realization, general intelligence, mindfulness, metaphor, and wisdom. His abiding passion is to address the meaning crisis that besets western culture.