Mind and Life XVIII - Attention, Memory and Mind

Day One - Monday, April 6, 2009
Morning: Multitasking, meditation and contemplative practice
Dialogue leader: David Meyer
Afternoon: The buddhist contribution to first-person cognitive science
Dialogue leader: B. Allan Wallace

Day Two - Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Morning: Mental process underlying attention, visual perception, and cognitive control
Dialogue leader: Anne Treisman
Afternoon: Paying attention to awareness - "attention", "mindfulness" and "clear comprehension"
Dialogue leader: Rupert Gethin

Day Three - Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Morning: Mental processes for attention and cognitive control in children and adolescents
Dialogue leader: Adele Diamond
Afternoon: The utility of Improving attention and working memory with mindfulness-based training
Dialogue leader: Amishi Jha

Day Four - Thursday, April 9, 2009
Morning: Attention-emotion interface
Dialogue leader: Elizabeth Phelps

Day Five - April 10, 2009
Morning: Embodiment, and intersubjectivity - empirical and phenomenological approaches
Dialogue leader: Shaun Gallagher
Afternoon: Education, application, Buddhism and technology
Group Discussion


1. Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

2. Adele Diamond, Ph.D: Canada Research Chair Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia.

3. Shaun Gallagher, Ph.D: Professor of Filosophy, and IST Senior Researcher at the University of Central Florida(USA) and Research Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science at the University of Herfordshire (UK).

4. Robert Gethin, Ph.D: Reader in Buddhist Studies and Co-Director of the Centre for Buddhist Studies at the University of Bristol.

5. Amishi Jha, Ph.D: Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania.

6. Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D: Principal translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama

7. David Meyer, Ph.D: Faculty member of the Cognitive and Perception Program in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan.

8. Elizabeth Phelps, Ph.D: Silver Professor of Psychology and Neural Science at New York University.

9. Cliff Saron, Ph.D: Assistant Research Scientist at the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California at Davis and faculty member of the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute.

10. Anne Treisman, Ph.D: James S. McDonnell Professor of Psychology at Princeton University.

11. B. Allan Wallace, Ph.D: President of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies.

Mind and Life XVIII produced by Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Mind and Life Institute (www.mindandlife.org).




Mind and Life XVIII - Attention, Memory and Mind The discussions during Mind and Life XVIII primarily focus on the subjective phenomenology, information-processing operations, and neural mechanisms of attention, memory and conscious awareness from both scientific and Buddhist perspectives.

Venue: His Holiness's Residence, Dharamsala, India
Date: 6-10 April 2009
Duration: 9 sessions (each approx. 2 hours)
Languages: English, Tibetan