December 15, 2017
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Tarah Raldiris, a doctoral student in the social psychology doctoral program and SAGE Research Lab, has received a $15,000 Mind & Life Institute Francisco J. Varela research grant to assist with her dissertation research. Her project involves comparing mindfulness-based training to a relaxation control for caregivers of loved ones with dementia. The primary outcomes of interest in the project are sleep quality and eudaimonic well-being.
From the Mind & Life Institute's website: "[Varela grants] are based on neuroscientist and philosopher Francisco J. Varela’s belief that contemplative training offers modern science novel methods for investigating human experience. In his vision, contemplative training not only provides a new domain for scientific study, but more importantly offers resources for advancing scientific theories and models of consciousness, emotion and cognitive processing." Read more.