Strengthening Attention with Mindfulness Training in High-Stress Cohorts

Monday, March 20, 2017 at 11:30am to 12:45pm

USC City Center, 11th Floor Board Room 1150 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, CA 90015

Hosted by the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR) at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, this presentation by Amishi Jha, PhD, a neuroscientist and associate professor of psychology at the University of Miami, will focus on her research with military populations and the effects of mindfulness-based training programs on cognition, emotion and resilience.

Jha's Department of Defense-funded project -- Mindfulness-Based Attention Training (MBAT) -- aims to optimize attention, performance and leadership in this population. According to Jha, the ability to discern degrades during high-stress, conflict-ridden environments. During high-stress situations, people go on autopilot and react based on stereotypes. Mindfulness training can help soldiers base their decisions on what is actually in front of them instead of reacting to assumptions.

*Lunch will be provided.

**RSVP required for admittance into secure building. All guests must show picture ID at the security desk to be cleared. A security guard will then escort you to the elevators and grant you access to the 11th Floor

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