“Mindful Minds, Different Brains: Historical Reflections on America’s Love Affair with Meditation”

April 26, 2017

Anne Harrington is the Franklin L. Ford Professor of the History of Science and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University. She is also Faculty Dean of Pforzheimer House, a residential position involving oversight of 400 Harvard College undergraduates. She is the author of three books: Medicine, Mind, and the Double Brain (1987), Reenchanted Science (1997), and The Cure Within: A History of Mind-Body Medicine (2007).   She is currently completing a fourth book, The Biological Revolution in Psychiatry: What Really Happened. She has published many articles and produced a range of edited collections including The Placebo Effect (1997), Visions of Compassion (2000), and The Dalai Lama at MIT (2006). Other research interests include relations between religion and medicine, between the science and the humanities (especially the biobehavioral sciences), and first-person experiences (narratives) of brain disorder.