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Neuroenhancement : how mental training and meditation can promote epistemic virtue

Author: Barbro Fröding; Walter Osika
Publisher: Cham : Springer, [2015] ©2015
Series: SpringerBriefs in ethics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book explores how one can bring about changes in the brain through meditation, both through attention-focus training and through compassion training. Recent findings in the natural sciences have confirmed that it is possible for humans to achieve these structural and functional changes through various life-style practices. It is argued that meditation enables us to influence some aspects of our biological  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Erscheint auch als:
Fröding, Barbro
Neuroenhancement: how mental training and meditation can promote epistemic virtue
Cham : Springer, 2015
Online-Ressource (XI, 110 p, online resource)
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Barbro Fröding; Walter Osika
ISBN: 9783319235165 3319235168
OCLC Number: 915488554
Description: xi, 110 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: CHAPTER 1 Introduction --
1.1 Introduction --
1.2 A new situation --
1.3 From bad to worse --
1.4 How to handle matters better: skills required to manage risks --
1.5 Can we acquire the skills? --
1.6 Enhancement methods --
1.7 Which cognitive capacities? --
Reference --
CHAPTER 2 The neurophysiological background --
2.1 Introduction --
2.2 Neuroplasticity --
2.3 Attention --
2.4 Mind-wandering --
2.5 Emotional regulation --
2.6 Mental training --
meditation --
2.7 Some challenges with meditation practice and research --
References --
CHAPTER 3 The methods --
3.1 How to improve --
3.2 Defining cognitive enhancement --
3.3 Three methods --
3.4 Pharmaceuticals, hormones and neurotransmitters --
3.5 Technology --
3.6 Possible effects of meditation techniques and mental training --
3.7 Computer games --
3.8 Combining methods --
CHAPTER 4 Cognitive flexibility --
4.1 How does cognitive flexibility relate to meditation? --
4.2 Cognitive flexibility --
4.3 Why is it good to be more cognitively flexible? --
4.4 Improved cognitive flexibility can translate to better decision-making --
4.5 Smarter but not nicer --
4.6. Summary --
CHAPTER 5 Some key elements of virtue ethics --
5.1 Part A: A brief introduction to virtue ethics --
5.2 Part B: From meditation to the good life --
References --
CHAPTER 6 Conclusions --
6.1 Summary --
6.2 Combinations --
6.3 Moral enhancement --
different takes --
6.4 The role of embedding structures --
6.5 Concluding remarks.
Series Title: SpringerBriefs in ethics.
Responsibility: Barbro Fröding, Walter Osika.

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