On Monday, February 4th, a seminar was held to mark the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the Muda Institute for Mindfulness, Science and Society at IDC Herzliya’s Baruch Ivcher School of Psychology.
The seminar, entitled "The Mind-Body-Consciousness Relationship: Scientific Insights and Social Applications," was designed to examine important questions and issues in the field, including the difference between conscious and unconscious decision-making, the harnessing of material from secondary consciousness in psychotherapy, mechanisms of action in mindfulness and even the question of how to know what is real and what is not.
Speakers at the conference included experts from Israel and abroad, including Dr. Nava Levit-Binnun, Director of the Sagol Center for Brain and Mind and the Muda Institute for Mindfulness, Science and Society at IDC; Dr. Yulia Golland; Amos Avisar; Dr. Asaf Federman; Tomer Bashan; Dr. Rebecca Crane, Director of the Center for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University in the UK; Prof. Moshe Bar, Director of the Gonda Brain Research Center at Bar-Ilan University; Prof. Amir Amedi of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Faculty of Medicine and Department of Cognitive Science; Prof. Yael Niv of Princeton University, and Dr. Tzipi Horowitz-Kraus, Director of the Educational NeuroImaging Center at the Technion.
The Muda Institute for Mindfulness, Science and Society was founded in 2009 by neuroscientist Dr. Nava Levit-Binnun, with the aim of integrating the vanguard of scientific knowledge in the field of neuroscience and psychology with expertise in cognitive training in mindfulness. The Muda Institute operates within the Sagol Center at IDC’s Baruch Ivcher School of Psychology, where a groundbreaking study is being conducted on interpersonal interactions, brain resilience and methods of brain training. The institute employs educators, psychologists and brain researchers who work towards promoting the vision of increasing individuals’ emotional well-being and improving interpersonal relations in Israeli society.
Dr. Levit-Binnun, who founded the Muda Institute and heads the Sagol Center, said, "The seminar was very successful; even with almost no advertising, the event hall was filled to capacity three weeks ahead of time, with long waiting lists. We were able to present our audience with the most advanced and exciting research, which throws many old paradigms into question - for example, new understandings about the role of the body and the information it sends to the brain, the potential of human consciousness and how this potential can be used for healing, the rise of mindfulness in the world and within Israel, and many other questions related to the understanding of our humanity at a profound level (and what this means about how we should be raising and educating the next generation)."