Zoran Josipovic

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Research Scientist

Cognitive Neuroscience
Affective Neuroscience
Consciousness and the Brain


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. I use fMRI and a variety of visual and other stimuli to explore functional connectivity changes in the brain’s networks.

BBC Interview: Brains of Buddhist monks scanned in meditation study


In addition to being the Director of Contemplative Science Lab, I am also a Research Associate in David Heeger’s Laboratory for Computational Neuroimaging at Center for Neural Science, and a founding member of Margam—metro-area research group on awareness and meditation.  In my previous life I worked as a clinical psychotherapist, a bodyworker and have taught meditation seminars at Esalen Institute for many years. 


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
1990: M.A. in Transpersonal Psychology, John F. Kennedy University, Orinda, CA
1986: B.A. in Asian Religions and Psychology, SUNY Empire State College, Saratoga Springs, NY


1. Josipovic, Z. (2013). Neural correlates of nondual awareness in meditation. In: Advances in Meditation Research: Neuroscience and Clinical Applications. Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci. doi: 10.1111/nyas.12261
2. Josipovic Z (2013). Freedom of the Mind. Front. Psychol. 4:538. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00538
3. Josipovic Z, Dinstein I, Weber J and Heeger DJ (2012). Influence of meditation on anti-correlated networks in the brain. Front. Hum. Neurosci. 5:183.
4. Josipovic, Z. (2010). Duality and Nonduality in Meditation Research. Consciousness and Cognition, doi:10.1016/j.concog.2010.03.016
5. Kozhevnikov, M., Luchakova, O., Josipovic, Z., Motes, MA, (2009). The Enhancement of Visual-Spatial Processing Efficiency through Buddhist Deity
    Meditation. Psychological Science, 20: 5, 645-653.
6. Malach, R. & Josipovic, Z., (2006). An Interview with Rafi Malach: Perception without a Perceiver, Journal of Consciousness Studies, 13: 9, 57-66.


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.

Invited Lectures:

“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


My current research has been pick up by NPR: http://topics.npr.org/search/articles?q=phakyab+rinpoche
The original report appeared here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-12-25/can-meditation-cure-disease/1/

My research has been featured in a documentary film The Consciousness Chronicles.

At Rubin Museum Brain Brainwave 2010 series:   http://www.rmanyc.org/pages/load/164

Online at Scienceline: http://www.scienceline.org/index.php?s=Josipovic&submit.x=27&submit.y=12

And in ‘Spirituality and Health’ magazine: http://www.spiritualityhealth.com/spirit/archives/one-couples-search-oneness

Many years ago I co-wrote a somewhat funny comic-book introduction to Zen:
Blackstone, J. & Josipovic, Z. (1986). Zen for Beginners, London, UK: George Allen & Unwin.


Professional Associations:
Society for Neuroscience (SfN)
New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS)
Association for Scientific Study of Consciousness
Mind and Life Institute

Zoran Josipovic, PhD
Research Associate and Adjunct Assistant Professor
Director, Contemplative Science Lab
Psychology Department
New York University
6 Washington Pl. Rm 482a
New York, NY 10003