Karlovitz Lectures

2016 Karlovitz Lecture
Presented by the GT Honors Program and the College of Sciences

“Please Pay Attention Now (It Could Change Your Brain):
The Neuroscience Behind How Mindfulness Can Help Us Change Bad Habits”

In 2014, Time magazine declared a “mindful revolution” due to its growing popularity and the body of research suggesting that mindfulness may help to treat a number of health-related problems—from general stress to anxiety to addiction. However, little is known about the underlying psychological mechanisms and related brain processes.  Dr. Brewer will present recent evidence that helps to unravel these mysteries, drawing from both clinical studies and more basic neuroimaging research involving novice and experienced meditators.  He will discuss how these insights might apply to our own lives.

Judson Brewer, MD, PhD
Director of Research, Center for Mindfulness
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Monday, March 7, 5:30pm
Kress Auditorium, Georgia Tech
The Robert C. Williams Paper Museum (Renewable Bioproducts Institute)
500 Tenth Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
Free and open to the public
No tickets or reservations required

Past Karlovitz Lectures



Dr. Geoffrey West

Santa Fe Institute and Los Alamos National Laboratory

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Dr. Devon Graham

Florida International University

Selfish Altruism:  Making the World a Better Place for All the Wrong Reasons


Dr. Helen Fisher

Rutgers University

 Lust, Romance, Attachment: The Drive to Love and Who We Choose


Dr. Bernd Heinrich

The University of Vermont

From the Bees to the Birds: Research Adventures


Dr. Erich Jarvis
Duke University

Brain Evolution: How Birds and Humans Learn to Sing and Talk


Dr. Nalini Nadkarni
The Evergreen State College

Life in the Treetops: Forest Canopy Research in Rainforest Ecosystems


Dr. Joe Palca

How to Explain the Universe in Two Minutes or Less


Dr. Alan Lightman

The Crossroads of Science and the Arts