The Science of Meditation


This is a book that really can change your life. Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson not only show the power of meditation, but also the smartest way to practice for the maximum possible benefit. The Science of Meditation is your roadmap to a more mindful, compassionate, fulfilling life – who doesn’t want that? (Arianna Huffington, author of the ‘New York Times’ best seller ‘The Sleep Revolution’)

A happy synthesis of the authors’ remarkable careers, which grew from the intuition they shared as students that there was something deep and transformative about meditation, The Science of Meditation tells the story of what has been discovered since and why it matters critically at this moment on the planet (Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of ‘Full Catastrophe Living’ and ‘Mindfulness for Beginners’)

The definitive book on the science of meditation. Rigorously researched and deeply illuminating, The Science of Meditation is a must-read for anyone interested in the hidden potential of the human mind (Daniel Gilbert, PhD, author of the New York Times bestseller ‘Stumbling on Happiness’)

This exquisite duet between a down-to-earth science writer and path-breaking neuroscientist is a tour-de-force, revealing how training the mind can transform the brain and our sense of self, inspiring us to create a greater sense of well-being, meaning, and connection in our world. Bravo! (Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., author of the ‘New York Times’ best sellers, ‘Mind’ and ‘Brainstorm’)

Here is a message that is both powerful and joyful. Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson reveal groundbreaking science showing how mindfulness and compassion practices can help each of us individually and thus the entire planet. One of the most exciting books I have read! (Chade-Meng Tan, author of the ‘New York Times’ bestsellers, ‘Joy on Demand’ and ‘Search Inside Yourself’)

In this engaging and well-researched book, Goleman and Davidson help us sort out the many claims now being made about the benefits of meditation. Drawing on their own long personal meditative experience and the ever increasing number of scientific studies, The Science of Meditation breaks new ground in illuminating the power of meditation to transform our lives (Joseph Goldstein, author of ‘Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening’)

A remarkable collaboration between two brilliant and courageous pioneers, The Science of Meditation shares the scientific basis and practical realities of the remarkable impact meditation has on altering the mind. As I have personally experienced, regular meditation practice brings compassion, calm, and clarity for all of us, from beginners to experienced practitioners (Bill George, Senior Fellow, Harvard Business School; former Chair & CEO, Medtronic; and author of ‘Discover Your True North’)

Impressive in its scope and depth, staggering in its implications (Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD on ‘Emotional Intelligence’)

Don’t miss this smart and lively book by the world’s foremost expert on emotion and the brain (Daniel Gilbert, PhD on ‘The Emotional Life of Your Brain’)

Goleman uses the emerging science of neuro-sociology to show how priming our brains for meaningful connectivity with others can make the world a better place . . . Fascinating (Sunday Telegraph on ‘Social Intelligence’)

About the Author
Daniel Goleman, PhD author of five New York Times bestsellers, is best-known for his paradigm-shifting book Emotional Intelligence, a global bestseller and has a long-standing interest in meditation dating back to his two years in India as a graduate student at Harvard. He has worked in the decades since then translating scientific findings from the language of academia into an inviting style that renders science accessible to the largest audience. His books have been translated into more than 40 languages and his name has become familiar to millions around the world.

Richard J. Davidson received his PhD from Harvard in psychology and has been at Wisconsin since 1984, where he directs the Waisman Brain Imaging Lab, the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience and the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds. His research group numbers more than 100 experts as well as scholars of meditative traditions and focus on meditation-based strategies to cultivate well-being. Richie (as everyone calls him), has published more than 320 articles, as well as numerous chapters and reviews and edited fourteen books and his research has received many awards. He has been chosen as one of Time’s “100 most influential people in the world”.

Product details
Paperback: 340 pages
Publisher: Penguin UK (28 September 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0241975689
ISBN-13: 978-0241975688
Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.4 x 23.4 cm


More than forty years ago, two friends and collaborators at Harvard, Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson were unusual in arguing for the benefits of meditation. Now, as mindfulness and other brands of meditation become ever more popular, promising to fix everything from our weight to our relationship to our professional career, these two bestselling authors sweep away the misconceptions around these practices and show how smart practice can change our personal traits and even our genome for the better.

Drawing on cutting-edge research, Goleman and Davidson expertly reveal what we can learn from a one-of-a-kind data pool that includes world-class meditators. They share for the first time remarkable findings that show how meditation – without drugs or high expense – can cultivate qualities such as selflessness, equanimity, love and compassion and redesign our neural circuitry.

Demonstrating two master thinkers at work, The Science of Meditation explains precisely how mind training benefits us. More than daily doses or sheer hours, we need smart practice, including crucial ingredients such as targeted feedback from a master teacher and a more spacious worldview.

Gripping in its storytelling and based on a lifetime of thought and action, this is one of those rare books that has the power to change us at the deepest level.


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