Introduction: Laying Out the Field of Meditation Research

Part of the Studies in Neuroscience, Consciousness and Spirituality book series (SNCS, volume 2)


Meditation is not just a simple research object. The rising and popular field of meditation research or contemplative science as it is called has a much larger impact on modern science and on our society as we assume at the first glance. This is because meditation is not only a fascinating research object but also quite a challenge for our current scientific practice. The content of this volume, which summarizes presentations and discussions of an expert meeting in Freiburg, Germany, documents the many facets and implications of meditation research. In this introduction we will touch on a few of them.


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Large parts of this volume are based on an interdisciplinary expert meeting taking place in Freiburg Germany in 2010. This meeting as well as the production of this book was sponsored by the Theophrastus Foundation, Germany and by the Samueli Institute, Alexandria; VA, USA.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.European University ViadrinaFrankfurt (Oder)Germany
  2. 2.University Medical Center FreiburgFreiburgGermany

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