This lectureship, in honor of WesternU’s founder and president emeritus, Dr. Philip Pumerantz, is made possible by a generous donation from Dr. Elaine Sarkaria and the late Dr. Daljit Sarkaria of Orange, California.
For those who were unable to attend, a recording of the lecture is available below.
Presence Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University
Presidential Endowed Chair in Neuroscience, Professor of Psychological Sciences and Internal Medicine, Texas Tech University
APS Fellow and APA Fellow
Yi-Yuan Tang, PhD, studies how experiences (e.g., cultures, learning and training) affect attention, emotion, decision-making, self-control, health and wellbeing using psychosocial, physiological, neuroimaging and genetic analysis. He developed a novel preventive intervention - Integrative Body-Mind Training (IBMT) - and has studied its mechanisms and effects in large randomized clinical trials in healthy and patient populations (e.g., addiction, mood disorders, PTSD, TBI) since the 1990s. His work has shown that brief training can significantly reduce stress hormone, improve immune function, cognitive performance and brain plasticity. He has published eight books, such as Brain-Based Learning and Education: Principles and Practice, The Neuroscience of Mindfulness Meditation: How the Body and Mind Work Together to Change Our Behavior, and over 300 peer-reviewed articles including Nature Reviews Neuroscience, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Trends in Cognitive Sciences. His findings are reported in the scientific journals such as Nature, Science, Nature Review Neuroscience, Neuron, PNAS, and popular media including BBC, The Press Association, Reuters, TIME, New York Times and NPR. He has received multiple awards including NIH Cutting-Edge Basic Research Awards.