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Altered Traits

Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body

By Daniel Goleman and Richard J. Davidson
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Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body by Daniel Goleman and Richard J. Davidson

Altered Traits (2017) takes an empirical look at the art of meditation and details the benefits it has on our mental well-being. It also looks at different types of meditation, as well as the effects of meditative practices on different groups, including experienced meditators, students and even a yogi.

  • People who need a reason to start meditating
  • Meditation skeptics
  • Those who value self-improvement and self-care

Daniel Goleman is an author and Harvard graduate. One of his best-known books is Emotional Intelligence (1995). Goleman’s interest in meditation began with a two-year trip to India when he was a student.

Richard J. Davidson is a psychologist from Harvard and the director of a neurological laboratory in Wisconsin. Davidson has been studying the effects of meditation on individual well-being for decades.

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