Saron Lab (Saron)
Initial results show that intensive contemplative training sharpens and sustains attention, enhances well-being, and leads to less judgmental, more empathic emotional responding to the suffering of others. Additionally, the training was linked with pro-social emotional behavior and important physiological markers of health.
Research suggests that many health-relevant biomarkers are related to psychological and emotional well-being. Because intensive meditation practice is believed to induce psychological changes, investigation of relationships between biological and psychological factors may yield clues about the ways in which intensive meditation practice induces measurable changes. In addition to the Shamatha Project, the Saron Lab also is currently conducting studies at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.