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.

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
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., et al. (in preparation). Finding nonduality in clinical settings: love and compassion meditation. NYAS
  2. Galanter, M., Josipovic, Z., Dermatis, H., Weber, J. & Millard, M.A. (2015, in review) An initial fMRI study on neural correlates of prayer in members of Alcoholics Anonymous, The American Journal of Alcohol and Drug Abuse.
  3. Josipovic, Z & Baars, B.J. (2015). What can neuroscience learn from contempltive practices. Frontiers in Psychology, eBook editorial.
  4. Mukerji Househam, A. & Josipovic, Z. (2015). Structural changes within the hippocampal complex in long-term meditators - commentary on “Meditation effects within the hippocampal complex revealed by voxel-based morphometric and cytoarchitectonic probabilistic mapping” by Eileen Luders, et al. Front. Psychol., doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00398.
  5. Josipovic, Z & Blackstone, J. (2015). Called to Nonduality. In D. B. Yaden, T. D. McCall, & J. H. Ellens (Eds.), Being Called: Scientific, Secular, and Sacred Perspectives (67-81). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.
  6. Miranda, E.R., Lloyd, D., Josipovic, Z. & Williams, D. (2014). Creative Music Neurotechnology with Symphony of Minds Listening. In E.R. Miranda & J. Castet (Eds.), Guide to Brain-Computer Music Interfacing. London, UK: Springer-Verlag.
  7. Josipovic, Z. (2014). Bliss and authenticity - invited commentary on target article "Meditation-induced bliss viewed as release from conditioned neural (thought) patterns that block reward signals in the brain pleasure center" by Patricia E. Sharp, Religion, Brain and Behavior 4, 3: 233-236.
  8. 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
  9. Josipovic Z (2013). Freedom of the Mind. Front. Psychol. 4:538. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00538
  10. 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.
  11. Josipovic, Z. (2010). Duality and Nonduality in Meditation Research. Consciousness and Cognition, doi:10.1016/j.concog.2010.03.016
  12. Kozhevnikov, M., Luchakova, O., Josipovic, Z., Motes, MA, (2009). The Enhancement of Visual-Spatial Processing Efficiency through Buddhist Deity
  13. Meditation. Psychological Science, 20: 5, 645-653.
    Malach, R. & Josipovic, Z., (2006). An Interview with Rafi Malach: Perception without a Perceiver, Journal of Consciousness Studies, 13: 9, 57-66.


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.

Invited Lectures:

“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.
The original report appeared here.

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:
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
Psychology Department
New York University
6 Washington Pl. Rm 158
New York, NY 10003