ORGANIZING COMMITTEE, FOUNDING MEMBERS
Zoran Josipovic, PhD
Zoran is a research scientist at the Cognitive Neurophysiology Lab, NYU School of Medicine, and an adjunct faculty in the Psychology Dept. NYU. He is the founding director of Nonduality Institute, an independent center for the theory and practice of nondual meditation. He co-founded the Margam series of talks at NYU that showcases current research on meditation and consciousness.
Ayman Mukerji Househam
Ayman is a former Wall Street executive who is now a neuroscience researcher. Meditation was her only way to stay grounded while weathering the storm that was everyday life in Wall Street. When her three-year-old twins were born, Ayman decided to pursue a career in learning how the mind works and how meditation influences it. She is now a graduate student of Psychology at NYU and works at the NYU Langone Child Study Center for Autism and ADHD. Her research specialization is meditation and the resulting structural and functional changes in the brain.
Does egocentric distance influence the type of information we use to understand our world? If a target is perceived as far away – in terms of spatial, temporal or social distance or hypotheticality – do people rely on global/abstract/integrated feature dimensions to form – and make inferences from – categories, to represent another’s internal state, or to take another’s perspective? Does the reverse (near leads to local/concrete/fragmented) also hold? My research investigates the role of egocentric distance in determining what class of information we choose to use, and to transfer or project onto, novel instances. We are inundated with data on a daily basis, and the factors that shape our choice of what information matters, often without our explicit awareness, are critical to a better understanding of how people learn about their environment and interact with one another.
Currently a PhD candidate in NYU’s cognition & perception program, David is also a long time student of Khenpo Lama Pema Wangdak.