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Mindfulness in the Workplace

Is meditation the key to fostering a happier, more productive workplace? New York Times reporter David Gelles investigates this claim and compares notes with a neuroscientist who specializes in the effect of meditation on the brain, Christopher Moore. Gelles is a staff writer for the New York. Previously, he was a correspondent for the Financial Times, and his work has appeared in Forbes, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications. Christopher I. Moore is Associate Professor of Neuroscience at Brown University where he teaches neural dynamics. How changing brain dynamics can change perception from moment to moment, particularly in meditative states ,is a key focus of his research.
2017; 2015

Bouquet in a Bottle

The star sommelier of The Bernardin has his famous nose put to the test by neurochemist Terry Acree. How sophisticated can our sense of smell get? Aldo Sohm oversees a 15,000 bottle wine collection made up of 900 wine selections from 12 countries with vintages from as early as 1875. Terry Acree is Professor of Food Science at Cornell University. His laboratory is interested in why there is such a functional variation in taste and olfaction that has been observed for decades in human populations. Understanding the relationship between stimulant composition and perception becomes central to understanding the representation of chemical information in the brain and the impact of genetic diversity on the perception of food.
2017; 2015

Attached to Touch

This film is a demonstration of how important texture and touch is in the kitchen, with an analysis of how the brain processes feeling. Tom Colicchio’s first three stars from The New York Times were awarded as executive chef of Mondrian. Since then, he has been similarly acknowledged for Gramercy Tavern, his signature venture Craft, and Colicchio & Sons. He has opened several restaurants, penned several books, and became head judge on Bravo’s hit reality cooking series Top Chef. David J. Linden, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His laboratory has worked for many years on the cellular substrates of memory storage in the brain and a few other topics. He has a longstanding interest in scientific communication and [...]
2017; 2015

On Meditation

A married couple discusses the elemental nature of their work and how it is impacted by their meditation practice with a neuroscientist. Mark Epstein is a highly-regarded psychiatrist in private practice in New York City and the author of a number of books about the interface of Buddhism and psychotherapy. Arlene Shechet has received broad recognition for her corporeal and suggestive ceramic work; herwork is included in public and private collections worldwide. Kay M. Tye is Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT, Cambridge where she employs an interdisciplinary approach including optogenetics, electrophysiology, pharmacology and imaging techniques to find a mechanistic explanation for how emotional and motivational states can inf [...]
2017; 2015