The Metro-Area Research Group on Awareness & Meditation (MARGAM) at New York University presents researchers and scholars discussing their current and emerging studies on contemplative practice and consciousness. MARGAM aims to facilitate dialogue and collaboration between scientists, psychologists, philosophers, and scholars engaged in research on consciousness, contemplative practice, and related topics.

All meetings are Thursdays at 7:00pm, located on NYU campus, unless otherwise noted.
All talks are at New York University
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Spring 2014:

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SallyBThursday, 17 April, 7pm
“Meditation, Hypnosis, and Dissociation: Similarities & distinctions from a clinical perspective”

Location: Kaufman Management Center, Room 3-90, 44 West 4th St., NYC 10011.

Join us for a unique perspective and talk on the convergences and divergences of meditation, mindfulness, hypnosis, dissociation, and psychology:

  • How do the different forms and practices of meditation connect and what are the cautions and considerations when recommending these practices to clients and patients?
  • What is “mindfulness,” really? Has it morphed into a confusing mish-mash of paying-attention-to-the-present-moment meanings?
  • What are the mental states associated with hypnosis? Are some of the various forms of meditation similar to dissociation? Why is it important for us to understand these similarities and differences in clinical practice and in research?
  • What can help bridge some gaps in our collective understanding of the nature of mind, improving the ways which we approach clinical practice and contemplative research interventions?

Download Ms. Bowden-Schaible’s lecture notes

Ms. Bowden-Schaible is founder and Dharma leader of the Insight Community of Southern Maine. She is a psychotherapist in private practice and co-founder of Mind Meets Body Institute, LLC, an organization providing continuing education programs for mental health and healthcare professionals and educators integrating ancient wisdom with modern-day understanding and practices.

Sally Bowden-Schaible, LCPC, CCMHC
Founder & Director
Mind Meets Body Institute, Westbrook, ME


Werner DoyleMonday, 5 May, 7pm Note: this talk is on a Monday!
“Complexity and Wellbeing”

Location: Tisch Hall, Room LC-21, 44 West 4th St., NYC 10011.

Werner Doyle, M.D., is a neurosurgeon and a professor of neurosurgery at NYU Langone Medical Center. He specializes in epilepsy surgery and collaborates with neuroscientists at NYU studying brain mechanisms and understanding the etiologic substrates of the brain that cause epilepsy. His research interests include minimally invasive surgical approaches, computer applications to clinical neurosurgery, mathematical and computational applications to the treatment of epilepsy, and contemplative neuroscience. He is on the board of directors of Tricycle magazine and foundation.

Werner Doyle, MD
Neurosurgeon, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
NYU Langone Medical Center


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