The Science of What Connects Us
Spiritual traditions and extraordinary experiences provide a subjective sense of interconnectedness or Oneness — a knowing that lies beneath perceptions that distinguish us from one another. Join Cassandra Vieten, psychologist, author and Director of Research at IONS, as she addresses how modern science is exploring this phenomenon.
During this expansive session, you'll discover:
- Scientific understandings about how we're all connected
- How the connectedness of all things is relevant for peacebuilding
Cassandra Vieten, Ph.D. is the President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and a scientist at the Mind-Body Medicine Research Group at California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute. Dr. Vieten, a licensed clinical psychologist, has been with IONS since 2001, previously serving as its Executive Director of Research.
Her research has focused on spirituality and health; development and pilot testing of mindfulness-based approaches to cultivating emotional balance (primarily in the areas of addiction and pregnancy/postpartum well-being); and factors, experiences and practices involved in psychospiritual transformation to a more meaningful, compassionate, and service-oriented way of life. Her primary interest lies in how psychology, biology and spirituality interact to affect experience and behavior.
She completed her pre- and post-doctoral research training at The University of California, San Francisco, working primarily on the biological and psychological underpinnings of addiction and alcoholism. She received her Ph.D in clinical psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She has authored books, chapters, and academic articles, as well as presenting at numerous international scientific conferences, trainings for colleagues and students, and workshops and events for the lay public. She is co-author of Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life, and author of Mindful Motherhood: Practical Tools for Staying Sane During Pregnancy and Your Child's First Year.