Clifford Saron

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Clifford Saron, Ph.D., has gained worldwide attention for his research on the effect of meditation on attention, emotion regulation, brain function and physical health. In the 1990’s, he was a pioneer in the now famous studies of Tibetan Buddhist monks mind training. His research inspires us to seize the rich opportunities present in everyday moments to enhance well-being and understand and deepen our relationships. 

At the Center for Mind and Brain, Dr. Clifford Saron's work centers on two broad areas. The first is the training of attention and emotion regulation through contemplative practice, and the second concerns sensory processing, multisensory integration, and interhemispheric communication in children with autism spectrum disorders.

The Center's “Shamatha Project” is a large-scale collaborative and multimethod longitudinal study of the effects of intensive meditation training. They use qualitative, self-report, behavioral, electrophysiological, and biochemical measures to begin to elucidate the many levels of personal and physiological change that accompany such training.

His research focuses on sensory processing, multisensory integration, and interhemispheric communication in children with autism spectrum disorders. In collaboration with colleagues at the CMB and M.I.N.D. Institute they are using sensitive behavioral measures, eye tracking, and dense channel array event-related potentials to investigate possible deficits in these low-level processes which likely contribute to the complex phenotype of autism.
 
Dr. Saron received a B.A. Harvard University, Biology, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Neuroscience. In 2011, Dr. Saron was selected as a Poptech senior science fellow (1 of 10 nationally, across all fields of science).
 

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