Mind-wandering with Dr. Schooler

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Jonathan Schooler, PhD, is a Distinguished Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at UC Santa Barbara and Director of both the META lab and UCSB’s Center for Mindfulness and Human Potential. His research explores the nature of consciousness, with a particular focus on mind wandering and mindfulness.  With over 250 publications, he has been the recipient of the Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher Award seven of the last eight years. In this episode, we discuss the normalcy of wind-wandering, the role mindfulness plays in it, and its benefits/consequences.

Past Podcasts

11/17 - Sleep and Student Life

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This podcast episode discusses what sleep is like during college, and how as college students prioritizing sleep can be a challenge when balancing social and academic lives. The following consists of three short interviews with UCSB students and one long interview with Simone Rotman, an art major at UCSB

10/17 - Mindfulness with Mrazek

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Health and Wellness intern's, Juliana and Jonny, welcome Michael Mrazek to discuss mindfulness. Dr. Michael Mrazek is the co-founder of UCSB’s Center for Mindfulness & Human Potential, as well as a Research Associate Professor at UT Austin. He also serves on the faculty of the Summer Institute in Applied Psychology—an evidence-based retreat in Costa Rica (https://empiricalwisdom.com) that helps people dramatically improve their health and happiness. He has published more than 40 peer-reviewed scientific papers and is the author of Presence of Mind: A Practical Introduction to Mindfulness & Meditation (you can access the free ebook here: https://empiricalwisdom.com/freebook). His work has been featured widely in international press, including the New York Times, Forbes, Men’s Health, Time Magazine, and Scientific American. Tune in to this episode to hear about his personal experience and research, the difference between mindfulness and meditation, emotional regulation, common obstacles, and important resources.

10/11 - Meditation 101

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This episode welcomes back Juliana Zappitell and a new guest Jonny Roberts, the Health and Wellness Meditation Intern, to explain their definitions of meditation. They discuss common misconceptions about meditation and the benefits to practicing it. They will bring Michael Mrazek, a psychologist and neuroscientist who has spent his career discovering the best ways to teach mindfulness, on for their next episode to get deeper into meditation research.

9/8 How to Incorporate Mindfulness as Fall quarter approaches

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Welcome to the UCSB Health and Wellness Podcast. Today's episode is hosted by Juliana Zappitell: a student, yoga instructor, and wellness center lead intern. She interviews Michael "Maka" Takahara, a UCSB Alum who has worked with Health and Wellness for 26 years, about positive psychology and self-care tips for students as we enter the new school year. They brainstorm creative ways for students to incorporate mindfulness and micro-moments of connection into their busy schedules.