Consciousness, Meditation and Nonduality
I am interested in states of consciousness cultivated through contemplative practice, what these states can tell us about the nature of consciousness and its relation to authentic subjectivity, and what relevance this may have for understanding the global and local organization in the brain.
BBC Interview: Brains of Buddhist monks scanned in meditation study
I am a research associate at NYU Cognitive Neurophysiology Lab, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. I co-founded the Margam series of talks at NYU that showcase current research on meditation and consciousness. I am also a founding director of Nonduality Institute, an independent center for the science and practice of nondual meditation.
Mind Science Foundation 2010 Tom Slick Awards for research on consciousness
2006: Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience and Asian Philosophy, Union Institute & University, Cincinnati, OH
Josipovic, Z. (2015, June). “The Unified Context of Consciousness" Talk presented at the Society for Study of Consciousness annual conference, Yale University, New Haven, CT.
Josipovic, Z. (2014, October). “Are We Ready to Investigate Non-Dual Awareness? An Interdisciplinary Panel on Non-Dual Awareness” presented with James Austin, John Dunne, Eric Garland and Yoshio Nakamura, at the 2nd International Symposium for Contemplative Studies, Boston, MA.
Josipovic, Z. (2014, April). The Unified Context of Consciousness. Talk presented at the 20th Toward the Science of Consciousness Conference, Tucson, AZ.
Josipovic, Z. (2013, May). Neuroscience of Nonduality. Talk presented at the ‘Future of Meditation Research’ conference, Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA.
Josipovic, Z. (2013, April). Finding Nonduality: Meditation in light of neuroscience and modern psychology. The New York Psychoanalytic Institute, Arnold Pfeiffer Center for Neuropsychoanalysis talk series, New York, April, 2013.
Josipovic, Z (2013, January). Neural Correlates of Nondual Awareness in Meditation. Talk presented at the ‘Advances in Meditation Research’ conference, New York Academy of Sciences, New York, NY.
Josipovic, Z (2012, April). Influence of Nondual Awareness on Anti-Correlated Networks in the Brain. Poster Presented at the International Symposia for Contemplative Studies, Denver, CO.
Josipovic, Z (2011, May). Default to Nonduality. Talk Presented at the Consciousness and Science Conference, Stockholm, Sweden.
Josipovic, Z. (2011, September). The Enlightened Brain. Talk presented at the 3rd ‘Buddhism and Science’ conference, National University of Singapore, Singapore.
Josipovic, Z., (2008, April). Toward the Neural Correlate of Nondual Awareness. Talk Presented at the Consciousness Conference, Tucson, AZ.
Josipovic, Z., (2009, October). Nonduality and Neuroscience. Talk Presented at the Science and Nonduality Conference, San Rafael, CA.
Josipovic, Z (2010, April). Influence of Nondual Awareness on Anti-Correlated Networks in the Brain. Talk Presented at the Consciousness Conference, Tucson, AZ.
“Finding nonduality - meditation in light of neuroscience and modern psychology”, Kunzang Palchen Ling - Tibetan Buddhist Center, Red Hook NY, August, 2015.
“Neuroscience of meditation”, Krame Center for Mindfulness at Ramapo college, Ramapo, NJ, April, 2015.
“Neuroscience of nonduality”, Ethos seminar, Cambridge, UK, November, 2014.
“What is Non-Duality? Perspectives on mystical union from philosophy, psychology and neuroscience.” The Center for Spiritual Life at New York University, New York. October, 2013.
“The Brain Science Behind Meditation.” The Neuropsychoanalysis Foundation, New York. July, 2013.
“Application of meditation in treating addiction”, Grand rounds talk, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, April, 2013.
“The Nature of Mind”, Tibet House, New York, June 2012. “Meditation and Mental Resilience” National University of Singapore, Singapore, January 2012.
“Influence of Nondual Awareness on the Brain”, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, August 2011
“Nonduality and the Brain”, Harvard University and MGH, May, 2011
“Zen and Cognitive Science”, (invited panelist), Columbia University, October, 2010
“Finding Inner Peace” Brainwave series at Rubin Museum, New York, March 2010
“Psychology of Religion”, Center for Inquiry, New York, November, 2009
TEDxLowerEastSide talk: "The brain is wired for unity"
My current research has been picked up by NPR.
My research has been featured in a documentary film The Consciousness Chronicles.
At Rubin Museum Brain Brainwave 2010 series.
Online at Scienceline
Many years ago I co-wrote a somewhat funny comic-book introduction to Zen: