Just One Moment

Nov 30 2022
When: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Where: Harman Academy
Event Type: Polymathic Pizza
RSVP Required
RSVP Code: PIZZA1130

Event Details

As we move from memory to the moment, this session explores the scientific, philosophical and spiritual value of present-ness. Just in time for finals!! 

Allyson Pimentel, USC Director of Mindfulness 

Jonas Kaplan, Psychology 

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Allyson Pimentel

Director of Mindful USC

Allyson Pimentel is a psychologist and long-time insight meditation practitioner and teacher who works at the intersections of mindfulness, mental health, education, and social justice. Dr. Pimentel has been teaching mindfulness in university, medical, secular and spiritual settings, as well as in private clinical psychology practice for nearly twenty years. Formerly, she was the training director of the Mind-Body Psychiatry Clinic at NYU-Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City, Associate Director of UCLA Campus & Student Resilience, and Program Director of Mindful UCLA.

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Jonas Kaplan

Associate Professor of Research in Psychology

onas Kaplan is faculty at USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute and is the Co-Director of the Dornsife Cognitive Neuroimaging Center. Dr. Kaplan is a cognitive neuroscientist who uses functional neuroimaging techniques to understand issues at the core of what makes us human. His research has investigated the neural basis of our deepest beliefs and values, our self concept and identity, and how we connect and empathize with others. He also has an interest in the neural basis of narrative cognition, in understanding how our brains make meaning of the world through story. This research involves examining how the brain responds during complex, unfolding experiences such as movies or musical performances. A complete understanding of these neural systems also involves studying states of mind that occur when narrative thought is reduced, such as in meditative practice.