Clifford Saron

Clifford Saron, Ph.D., is a Research Scientist at the Center for Mind and Brain and MIND Institute at the University of California at Davis. He received his Ph.D. in neuroscience from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Saron
has had a long-standing interest in the effects of contemplative practice on physiology and behavior. In the early 1990s he conducted field research investigating Tibetan Buddhist mind training under the auspices of the Office of H.H. the Dalai Lama. A frequent faculty member at Mind and Life Summer Research Institutes in the US and Europe and a former member of the Mind and Life Institute Steering Council, he received the inaugural Mind and Life Service Award in 2018. Dr. Saron directs the Shamatha Project, a multidisciplinary longitudinal investigation of the effects of intensive meditation on physiological and psychological processes central to well-being. In 2012, Dr. Saron and his research team were awarded the inaugural Templeton Prize Research Grant in honor of H.H. the Dalai Lama. His other research area focuses on sensory processing in children with autism spectrum disorders to better understand how these children experience their everyday sensory environments. He started to practice insight meditation with Joseph Goldstein in 1974.

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