May 29-30, 2012

University of Toronto

Keynote Address

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Plenary Speakers

Richie Davidson, Adele Diamond, Jacquelynne Eccles, Carl Johnson, Kim Schonert-Reichl, Philip Zelazo

Conference Organizers

Stephanie Carlson, Carl Johnson, Robert Roeser, Philip Zelazo

Conference Aims

This conference will serve to (a) crystallize an emerging trans-disciplinary field called "developmental contemplative science"; (b) showcase high quality science that is investigating how mental training practices for children and adolescents can induce adaptive plasticity in the systems that regulate their emotion, cognition/social cognition, attention and behavior; and (c) stimulate thought and dialogue on "rethinking cognitive development," the theme of the subsequent Jean Piaget Society meeting, in the light of contemplative science and its focus on training-induced transformations in intentional forms of self-regulation and mindful and compassionate forms of awareness of self, others, and the world.