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Scientific Investigations of Nonduality

Scientific research into the neural correlates of nondual realization can further our understanding of the nature of consciousness, and of the brain’s functioning in optimal states of wellbeing. It can demystify this aspect of human potential and help make the awakening to nonduality more accessible.

The research aims to explore the nature of nonduality through a multifaceted approach that looks both at the nature of nondual awareness, and at the ways in which it can influence cognitive, affective and somatic dimensions of our experience.

Some of the questions we seek to answer are:

    • What aspect of consciousness realizes nonduality?
    • What are dimensions of embodied nonduality?
    • What is the relationship between nonduality and authentic subjectivity?
    • How does nonduality affect relationships?


Selected Publications

  1. Josipovic, Z. (2016). Love and compassion meditation: a nondual perspective. NYAS
  2. Galanter, M., Josipovic, Z., Dermatis, H., Weber, J. & Millard, M.A. (2016). An initial fMRI study on neural correlates of prayer in members of Alcoholics Anonymous,The American Journal of Alcohol and Drug Abuse.
  3. Josipovic, Z & Baars, B.J. (2015). What can neuroscience learn from contemplative practices.Frontiers in Psychology, eBook editorial.
  4. Mukerji Househam, A. & Josipovic, Z. (2015). Structural changes within the hippocampal complex in long-term meditators - commentary on “Meditation effects within the hippocampal complex revealed by voxel-based morphometric and cytoarchitectonic probabilistic mapping” by Eileen Luders, et al.Front. Psychol., doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00398.
  5. Josipovic, Z & Blackstone, J. (2015). Called to Nonduality. In D. B. Yaden, T. D. McCall, & J. H. Ellens (Eds.),Being Called: Scientific, Secular, and Sacred Perspectives (67-81). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.
  6. Josipovic, Z. (2013). Neural correlates of nondual awareness in meditation. In: Advances in Meditation Research: Neuroscience and Clinical Applications. Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci. doi: 10.1111/nyas.1226Josipovic Z (2013). Freedom of the Mind. Front. Psychol. 4:538. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00538
  7. Josipovic Z, Dinstein I, Weber J and Heeger DJ (2012). Influence of meditation on anti-correlated networks in the brain. Front. Hum. Neurosci. 5:183.
  8. Josipovic, Z. (2010). Duality and Nonduality in Meditation Research. Consciousness and Cognition, doi:10.1016/j.concog.2010.03.016
  9. Kozhevnikov, M., Luchakova, O., Josipovic, Z., Motes, MA, (2009). The Enhancement of Visual-Spatial Processing Efficiency through Buddhist Deity Meditation. Psychological Science, 20: 5, 645-653.

Selected Presentations

  • Neuroscience of nonduality, Ethos seminar, Cambridge, UK, November, 2015.
  • The Unified Context of Consciousness. Talk presented at the Society for Study of Consciousness annual conference, Yale University, New Haven, CT. June, 2015.
  • Are We Ready to Investigate Non-Dual Awareness? An Interdisciplinary Panel on Non-Dual Awareness. presented with James Austin, John Dunne, Eric Garland and Yoshio Nakamura, at the 2nd International Symposium for Contemplative Studies, Boston, MA. October, 2014.
  • The Unified Context of Consciousness. Talk presented at the 20th Toward the Science of Consciousness Conference, Tucson, AZ. April, 2014.
  • The Brain Science Behind Meditation. The Neuropsychoanalysis Foundation, New York. July, 2013.
  • Finding Nonduality: Meditation in light of neuroscience and modern psychology. The New York Psychoanalytic Institute, Arnold Pfeffer Center for Neuropsychoanalysis, New York,, April, 2013.
  • Finding Nonduality: Neural correlates of nondual awareness in meditation. Talk presented at the Advances in Meditation Research: Neuroscience and Clinical Applications conference. New York Academy of Sciences, New York,, January, 2013.
  • The Nature of Mind: Clear Light Awareness. A discussion and panel exploring implications for scientific research into consciousness and wellbeing (organizer & moderator). Tibet House, New York, June, 2012.
  • Influence of Nondual Awareness on Anti-Correlated Networks in the BrainPoster Presented at the International Symposia for Contemplative Studies, Denver, CO. April, 2012.
  • The Enlightened Brain. Talk presented at the 3rd ‘Buddhism and Science’ conference, National University of Singapore, Singapore. Aug. 2011.
  • Influence of Nondual Awareness on the Brain. Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, July 2011.
  • Default to Nonduality. Talk Presented at the Consciousness and Science Conference, Stockholm, Sweden. May 2011.
  • Nonduality and the Brain. Harvard University MGH, May, 2011.
  • Science and Nonduality. Brainwave series at Rubin Museum, New York, March 2011.



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