Tania Singer, PhD, has been the director of the department of social neuroscience at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig since 2010. After receiving her PhD in psychology in 2000 at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, she became a post-doctoral fellow at the same institution (and later, at the Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience), as well as at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience in London. In 2006, she went to the University of Zurich to accept a position as assistant professor (and later, as inaugural chair) of social neuroscience and neuroeconomics, and as codirector of the Laboratory for Social and Neural Systems Research. Her research focuses on the foundations of human social behavior and the neuronal, developmental, and hormonal mechanisms underlying social cognition and emotions (e. g, empathy, compassion, and fairness). Moreover, she investigates the psychological and neuroscientific effects of compassion and meditation training, and other mental training techniques. Her research has been published in many renowned journals (e.g. ), and is the principal investigator of the ReSource project, a one-year longitudinal mental training study. She holds a cooperative research position with Dennis Snower from the Kiel Institute for the World Economy on the topic of caring economics, which is funded by the Institute of New Economic Thinking. She is a board member of the Mind & Life Institute in Hadley, Massachusetts, and an advisory board member of Mind and Life Europe.
Thompson draws upon sources as diverse as molecular biology, evolutionary theory, artificial life, complex systems theory, neuroscience, psychology, Continental Phenomenology, and analytic philosophy to argue that mind and life are more continuous than has previously been accepted, and that current explanations do not adequately address the myriad facets of the biology and phenomenology of mind. Where there is life, Thompson argues, there is mind: life and mind share common principles of self-organization, and the self-organizing features of mind are an enriched version of the self-organizing features of life. Rather than trying to close the explanatory gap, Thompson marshals philosophical and scientific analyses to bring unprecedented insight to the nature of life and consciousness. This synthesis of phenomenology and biology helps make a vital and long-awaited addition to his landmark volume (coauthored with Eleanor Rosch and Francisco Varela).
Mind and Life Europe (MLE) supports pathways for knowledge that provide the basis to increase human well-being, ethical responsibility and compassion in order to more effectively confront global problems.
In this regard, Mind and Life Europe is an integrative part of the global Mind and Life strategy to build and support Contemplative Science and Contemplative Studies at an international and interdisciplinary level. Established to further expand related activities in Europe of the Mind and Life Institute (), in response to increased interest from individuals and institutions, Mind and Life Europe assesses needs, implements strategies, and facilitates programs to help advance the study of consciousness and contemplative practices, specifically in Europe.
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