in conversation with Lisa Napoli
Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body
Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre
New Roads School
Herb Alpert Educational Village
3131 Olympic Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404
$45 General Admission Section Seat + a copy of Altered Traits
$55 Reserved Section Seat + a copy Altered Traits
$95 Reception (6:30-7:30pm), Reserved Seat + copy of Altered Traits
$20 General Admission Seat
Dan Goleman unveils new research that shows what meditation can really do for the brain.
Daniel Goleman is the New York Times bestselling author of the groundbreaking book Emotional Intelligence. A psychologist and science journalist, he reported on brain and behavioral research for The New York Times for many years. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including three accounts of meetings he has moderated between the Dalai Lama and scientists, psychotherapists, and social activists. Goleman is a founding member of the board of the Mind and Life Institute, a cofounder of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, and co-director of the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations.
“A happy synthesis of the authors’ remarkable careers, which grew from the intuition they shared as students that there was something deep and transformative about meditation, Altered Traits tells the story of what has been discovered since and why it matters critically at this moment on the planet.”
—Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Full Catastrophe Living and Mindfulness for Beginners
“This exquisite duet between a down-to-earth science writer and path-breaking neuroscientist is a tour-de-force, revealing how training the mind can transform the brain and our sense of self, inspiring us to create a greater sense of well-being, meaning, and connection in our world. Bravo!”
—Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., author of the New York Times best sellers, Mind and Brainstorm
Goleman’s new book, co-authored with neuroscientist Richard J. Davidson, is Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body. In the last twenty years, meditation and mindfulness have gone from being kind of cool to becoming an omnipresent Band-Aid for fixing everything from your weight to your relationship to your achievement level. In this book, learn the truth about what meditation can really do for us, as well as exactly how to get the most out of it.
Sweeping away common misconceptions and neuromythology to open readers’ eyes to the ways data has been distorted to sell mind-training methods, the author demonstrates that beyond the pleasant states mental exercises can produce, the real payoffs are the lasting personality traits that can result. But sheer hours aren’t enough, as this book details. Exciting, compelling, and grounded in new research, this is one of those rare books that has the power to change us at the deepest level.
Lisa Napoli is a career journalist who has worked at The New York Times, CNN, MSNBC, and has covered arts and culture for KCRW. She’s the author of the book, Radio Shangri-La, about her time in and around the kingdom of Bhutan, where she went to start a radio station at the dawn of democratic rule, and Ray and Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonald’s Fortune and the Woman Who Gave It All Away, for which she appeared at Live Talks Los Angeles in Nov 2016. She is the proud recipient of the 2014 Halo Award from the Deutsch Family Foundation for a monthly volunteer cooking group she leads at the Downtown Women’s Center on Skid Row. She previously has interviewed Gretchen Rubin, Susan Faludi, Gail Sheehy, Tery McMillan, Eric Weiner and Deepak and Sanjiv Chopra at Live Talks Los Angeles.