"The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people" - David Foster Wallace 


This quote, from David's famous essay, This is Water, summarizes insights from his inquiry about connections between how people pay attention, how they experience themselves, and how they treat others. In the Cognitive and Affective Science Lab (CASL) at Naropa University, we too inquire about these connections through psychology and neuroscience research on meditation, emotion regulation, and social life.



At CASL, we aim not only to conduct research on contemplative training and experience, but also to engage our research activities as opportunities for contemplative training that go beyond intellectual development.

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In conducting research, we work to add value to the communities to which we belong, whether Naropa University, the city of Boulder, or the field of psychology. We appreciate your support to build capacity for psychology and neuroscience research at Naropa University.

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