Conversations on Wisdom: Uncut Interview with Amishi Jha (video)

by Jason Boulware and Jean Matelski Boulware

Amishi Jha is an associate professor in the department of psychology at the University of Miami. The Jha lab explores the stability and mutability of attention and working memory. With large contributions to the field of contemplative practice, her research spans from cohorts of military to teachers to adolescents. Her work focuses on questions of paying attention, the impact of stress and disease on attention, and developing resilience.

The following is the full video interview from the documentary film 'The Science of Wisdom'. The interview takes place at the International Symposium for Contemplative Studies in Boston hosted by the Mind and Life Institute. In this conversation, Dr. Jha discusses attention in high stress groups, the benefits of mindfulness practice in incarcerated youth, and bringing wisdom traditions to the forefront of science.

Question Index:

0:21 Your research spans a variety of neuropsychological studies including working memory capacity, attention, and neural correlates with contemplative practices. What led you to start your research in mindfulness?

3:40 What are some of the findings from your research?

5:20 You have a study on incarcerated youth. Can you explain a bit about that?

7:14 Do you think if you took those same types of practices and introduced them into neighborhoods prior to youth getting into trouble that you would see similar types of responses?

7:55 Would you say that there could be a link between wisdom and mindfulness/contemplative practice?

8:34 You were in an open discussion with the Dalai Lama on Friday morning. Can you speak a bit about the intersection between the sciences and religious practices?

9:54 Additional thoughts

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Reference: The Science of Wisdom, produced by the JJ Effect, directed by Jason Boulware

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