Buddhism and Cognitive Science

This course is designed to explore and critically evaluate the central concepts and theories that are at the intersection between Buddhism and cognitive science. Students will examine seminal books and articles from the fields of social and clinical psychology, moral philosophy, phenomenology, neuroscience, and Buddhist studies. This course will touch on themes within those disciplines such as: intersubjectivity, the empathy-altruism hypothesis, the nature of self and other, meditation, and the application of experimental methods to study of human emotions and behavior. In addition to the traditional course requirements (i.e. exams and papers), students will have the opportunity to experiment with various meditation techniques in class. This course is recommended for students with at least one LREL or LPSY course.