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Breaking Bad: Buddhist Wisdom Meets Neuroscience to Unlock the Psychology of Habit Change with Jud Brewer

Saturday, May 11 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm US Pacific Time

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The registration fee supports the Sati Center to cover the operational expenses of our programs and is distinct from teacher dāna (generosity). Students are invited to support the teachers with dāna at the end of the program.

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We are all vulnerable to craving. Whether it’s a compulsion to constantly check social media, overeat, smoke, excessively drink, or any other behavior, we may find ourselves uncontrollably repeating. Why are bad habits so hard to overcome? Is willpower more myth than muscle? Can we learn how our minds work, and even tap into this very process to find a key to conquer the cravings we know are unhealthy for us and foster our natural capacities for awareness and kindness?

Hidden in plain sight, Buddhist psychological theories may have suggested the most direct and effective ways to work with our minds. These are now being “discovered” in neuroscience labs and applied in clinical settings.

Drawing from Buddhist psychology, his clinical work, research studies and development of next-generation therapeutics for habit change, Dr. Brewer will discuss the underlying behavioral and neurobiological mechanisms of why habits are formed and how mindfulness can paradoxically tap into these very processes to uproot them. He will also discuss how we can apply these insights to our own lives.

In this experiential seminar, Dr. Brewer will describe how we can tap into the actual processes that encourage habitual behaviors in order to step out of them. In very accessible ways, he will explain the mechanisms of habit and addiction formation, and then teach participants ways to help them experience and learn how the practice of mindfulness can interrupt these habits in their own lives. He will also show participants how to build their own capacities of awareness, kindness, and curiosity leading to greater resilience.

About the Instructor:
Jud Brewer MD PhD (“Dr. Jud”) is a New York Times best-selling author and thought leader in the field of habit change and the “science of self-mastery”, having combined over 25 years of experience with mindfulness training with his scientific research therein. He is the Director of Research and Innovation at the Mindfulness Center and professor in Behavioral and Social Sciences and Psychiatry at the Schools of Public Health & Medicine at Brown University. A psychiatrist and internationally known expert in mindfulness training for addictions, Brewer has developed and tested novel mindfulness programs for habit change, including both in-person and app-based treatments for smoking, emotional eating, and anxiety. He has also studied the underlying neural mechanisms of mindfulness using standard and real-time fMRI and EEG neurofeedback. He has trained US Olympic athletes and coaches, foreign government ministers, and his work has been featured on 60 Minutes, TED (4th most viewed talk of 2016, with 19+ Million views), the New York Times, Time magazine (top 100 new health discoveries of 2013), Forbes, BBC, NPR, Al Jazeera (documentary about his research), Businessweek and others. His work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association, among others. Dr. Brewer founded MindSciences (which merged with Sharecare Inc. in 2020) to move his discoveries of clinical evidence  mindfulness for anxiety, eating, smoking and other behavior change into the hands of consumers (see www.drjud.com for more information). He is the author of The Craving Mind: from cigarettes to smartphones to love, why we get hooked and how we can break bad habits (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017), the New York Times best-seller, Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind (Avery/Penguin Random House, 2021) and the forthcoming book The Hunger Habit: why we eat when we’re not hungry and how to stop (Avery/Penguin Random House, 2024).


Registration:
No one will be turned away for lack of funds; please contact us for more information.

Teacher Dāna:
Please note that the registration fee supports the Sati Center to cover the operational expenses of our programs and is distinct from teacher dāna (generosity). Students are invited to support the teacher with a donation.

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The numbers below include tickets for this event already in your cart. Clicking "Get Tickets" will allow you to edit any existing attendee information as well as change ticket quantities.
Base Registration
Support the Sati Center with a $10 registration fee + $.61 in credit card transaction fees.
$10.61
Unlimited
Benefactor Registration
Support the Sati Center with a $20 registration fee + $.91 in credit card transaction fees.
$20.91
Unlimited

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Date:
Saturday, May 11
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT
Cost:
$10.61 – $20.91
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