Mindfulness Meditation: The Science And Practice

Retrain your brain to reduce stress and improve your focus and concentration.
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You will learn what mindfulness meditation is all about and how to practice it.


  • There are no prerequisites for this course.


Mindfulness meditation is a form of meditation in which you use your breath to bring your attention to the present moment. It sounds simple, but the results of Mindfulness meditation can be profound. Research at several medical institutions, including the University of Massachusetts and the University of Wisconsin, show that Mindfulness meditation can have a long-term effect on brain functioning that results in a reduction in anxiety and stress. and an increase in the ability to focus your attention.

This course includes downloadable audio files to you can use for homework and on your own after the class.

MIndfulness meditation has ancient roots in Zen buddhism, and became popular when Jon Kabat-Zinn started a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program at the University of Massachusetts in 1979. Since then it has gained in popularity. In this course you will learn what mindfulness meditation is, and how to practice it. The course includes audio files that you can use on your own for the homework and in the future after you have finished the class.  You will also learn about the research that has been conducted on how mindfulness meditation re-trains your brain to reduce stress and increase focus.  Here’s what you will learn:

   What mindfulness meditation is 

   How to meditate 

   How Mindfulness meditation is similar to, and different from, other forms of meditation and yoga 

   The research on the effects of Mindfulness meditation on the brain and body 

   The easiest and best ways to incorporate Mindfulness meditation into your own health and awareness routines 

The instructor, Susan Weinschenk, has a Ph.D. in Psychology, has been practicing mindfulness meditation for over 10 years, and teaches in-person workshops and 8-week long programs in mindfulness meditation.

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Who this course is for:

  • Anyone who would like to learn mindfulness meditation.


Susan Weinschenk, Ph.D.
  • 4.3 Instructor Rating
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I have a Ph.D. in Psychology and decades of experience as a behavioral scientist, applying psychology to the design of digital products. I'm a consultant to Fortune 1000 companies, start-ups, and educational and government organizations.

A client once referred to me as "The Brain Lady", and it stuck. Probably because I like to teach and consult about brain science.

I'm currently the Founder and Principal of The Team W. I consult, coach, teach, and speak about behavioral science, brain science, psychology, design, innovation, and user experience. I've been lucky enough to travel around the world as a keynote speaker.

I am also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Wisconsin.

My clients include Disney, Amazon, The Mayo Clinic, Zappos, the Federal Trade Commission (USA), and the European Commission.

I like to write books, including: 100 Things Every Designer Needs To Know About People, How To Get People To Do Stuff, 100 Things Every Presenter Needs To Know About People, and Neuro Web Design: What makes them click? I blog at my own website and I blog for Psychology Today.

My work over the years has included the design of websites, software, medical devices, TV ads, physical devices, experiences, and physical spaces to make them persuasive, usable and motivating.

I live in Wisconsin, USA, with my husband. My two children are grown and “launched”. When not teaching, speaking, writing, or blogging, I perform in community theatre, sing jazz, read books, and I'm an avid movie watcher.

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