Stay tuned for details about Honors Convocation 2018, which will be held in Ed Landreth Auditorium on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
Honors Convocation 2017 was held on Thursday, April 20 at 11:00 a.m. in Ed Landreth Auditorium. Classes were recessed at 10:30 a.m. for this important academic tradition.
The Honors Convocation speaker for Spring 2017 was Dr. Cliff Saron, of The Center for Mind and Brain, UC Davis.
Dr. Saron is a neuroscientist who specializes in training of attention and emotion regulation. He applies electrophysiological and behavioral methods to study sensory and cognitive processes in humans (including those with autism spectrum disorders) , and he is a leading scholar of the tangible effects of meditation.
Professor Saron’s research focuses on the training of attention and emotion regulation through contemplative practice. He directs “The Shamatha Project,” the most comprehensive study initiated to investigate the effects of long-term intensive meditation on physiological and psychological processes related to attention, emotion regulation and health. This collaborative, multi-method, interdisciplinary longitudinal study incorporates qualitative, self-reporting, behavioral, electrophysiological and biochemical measures. He also is studying sensory processing, multisensory integration and interhemispheric communication in children who have autism spectrum disorders.