#225 – The Neuroscience of Meditation with Sara Lazar

photo of Sara Lazar


Sara W. Lazar, PhD is a neuroscientist in the Psychiatry Department at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. The focus of her research is to elucidate the neural mechanisms underlying meditation, both in clinical settings and to promote and preserve health and well-being in healthy individuals. One main focus of her work is determining how yoga and meditation influence brain structure, and how these changes influence behavior. She has been practicing yoga and mindfulness meditation since 1994, and is a Board member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.

A psychology podcast by David Van Nuys, Ph.D.



  1. jdanzer
    Posted December 13, 2009 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    I haven’t been able to download this broadcast to my mp3

  2. Posted December 13, 2009 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    Can you please get back to me with more detail? Have you been able to download other episodes of SRR? For example, #224? Or are you new to the site? Please provide as much detail as possible and I’ll try to help.



  3. Axel Reisdorf
    Posted December 17, 2009 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    It’s amazing how meditation influences the brain. I immediateley started to cultivate meditation in my daily life. I also was thinking about my kids. If they started meditation quite early they could profit throughout their lives. But I am not sure how they really like it.

  4. Rohan
    Posted February 11, 2010 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    Hey David,

    I can’t seem to download this podcast from within iTunes. I have been able to download other related ones like #10 and #182. Hope it can be fixed.

    Thanks a lot, take care,


  5. Posted February 11, 2010 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    Hey Rohan,

    I’m not sure what the problem is. It plays for me in iTunes and also here on the site. Have you tried downloading it from the website instead of from iTunes?


  6. Rohan
    Posted February 11, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    Hey David,

    Yes that works, thanks a lot,


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