Topics of TIM 2018

The two selected topics of TIM 2018 are:

1) “Science from a first-person perspective. Third-person scientific models of consciousness, mind and meditation developed with the contribution of a first-person advanced meditation perspective”

From a contemplative and a neuroscientific perspective, what is the relationship between mental states and consciousness? How can an advanced first-person meditation practice help the analytical and scientific understanding of the mechanisms of consciousness? A scientific model of consciousness is a theoretical description that relates the phenomenal properties of the conscious experience with its mental, psychological, neural, and computational properties: the first day of TiM 2018 will be entirely dedicated to the exploration of different scientific models of consciousness and mind (logics and computational models, neuroscience, cognitive psychology and philosophy of mind) proposed by the keynote speakers who embody, in a unique and rare way, a practice of international reputation in these scientific disciplines and an in-depth personal meditative practice.

The title of the talks of our keynote speakers are:

Axiomatizing consciousness, with applications: suffering and mindfulness, an hypothesis about the mechanism of deconditioning”

Henk Barendregt, Radboud University (NL) – Mathematical Logician & Vipassana meditation teacher

Developing mental stability through meditation: Śamatha and Samādhi from without and from within

Peter Malinowski, John Moores University, Liverpool (UK) – Cognitive Neuroscientist & meditation teacher in the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism

The problem of pure consciousness: a new research program

Thomas Metzinger, Johannes Gutemberg Universitat, Mainz (DE), Philosopher of Mind & long-term meditator


2) “Mindfulness and trauma in dissociative and psychotic mental states. Mindfulness-based interventions for early and severe trauma in children and adolescents”

Recent and robust research data are showing how traumatic experiences, such as exposure to catastrophic events and attachment-related traumas, could have a strong impact on emotional regulation and, consequently, on mental and physical health. The second day of TiM 2018 will be dedicated to the exploration of the most recent Mindfulness-based interventions and their effect on the modulation of psychotic and dissociative symptoms that are associated with traumatic experiences. Special attention will be given to children, adolescents and individuals at risk for suicide.

The title of the talks of our keynote speakers are:

Healing the hidden wounds: how mindfulness training might help to reverse the psychological and biological sequelae of early trauma

Thorsten Barnhofer, Surrey University (UK) – Psychologist, psychoterapist, Yoga teacher and Mindfulness-based interventions teacher (MBCT and MBSR)

A mindfulness-based intervention for maltreated children and adolescents in residential care”

Tanya Lecchi, Anna Freud Center, UCL, London (UK) – Psychologist, psychoterapist and Mindfulness-based interventions teacher (MBCT and MBSR)


Final panel sharing and inquiring:

“Mindfulness and consciousness: rethinking psychiatric mental states”

At the end of the second day, all keynote speakers will join a panel discussion that will combine and further explore the two main topics and their mutual connections. The aim of this panel will be to inquiry and critically rethink psychopathological mental states from the perspectives offered by scientific models of mind that are oriented by contemplative knowledge and insights.


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