The Science of What Connects Us

Broadcast on July 11, 2017
With Cassandra Vieten, PhD

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, PhD

Executive Director, John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation

Cassandra Vieten, PhD,  is executive director of the John W. Brick Foundation, director of research at the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination and Clinical Psychology, director at the Psychedelics and Health Research Initiative at the University of California, San Diego, and a senior fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, where she served as president from 2013-2019. Her research has focused on spirituality and health, transformative experiences and practices, the development of mindfulness-based interventions for emotional well-being, and development of media technologies to inspire awe. She received her PhD in clinical psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and completed her research training in behavioral genetics at UC, San Francisco. She has authored three books... Spiritual and Religious Competencies in Clinical Practice: Guidelines for Psychotherapists and Mental Health Professionals... Living Deeply: The Art & Science of Transformation in Everyday Life... and Mindful Motherhood: Practical Tools for Staying Sane During Pregnancy and Your Child's First Year.  She's also published numerous articles in scientific journals, and is an internationally recognized keynote speaker and workshop leader.