Helen Weng

Helen Weng, PhD, is an American researcher, neuroscientist, and clinical psychologist whose studies focus on how meditation may improve both social and physical well-being. The child of Taiwanese immigrants, she has worked to increase the diversity of meditators in mindfulness studies, designing the studies so that they are more culturally sensitive to people from different groups.

Compassion Is Like a Muscle That Gets Stronger with Training

Loving-kindness meditation and compassion training boost empathic resilience.


How Meditation Impacts the Brain and Implications for Health

How does mindfulness and meditation improve health? Helen Weng, UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, explains that training our internal mental lives can have positive effects on our minds, health, and relationships.


The Science of Compassion: Origins, Measures, and Interventions - Helen Weng, Ph.D. Candidate

This talk was part of panel Compassion-Building Interventions by Helen Weng, Ph.D. candidate.


Dr Helen Weng: Intersectional Neuroscience

Interview with Dr. Helen Weng

In her work at the Osher Center and as an affiliate faculty member of the Neuroscape Center, Dr. Helen Weng is developing new ways to quantify meditation skills using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and machine learning to identify mental states of body awareness during meditation.

Helen Weng: Using Science to Spread a Message of Compassion, Equity, and Inclusion

“This is how research should be done. By including those you want to study—and by sharing resources—it’s an embodied act of social activism.”


Discussant Responses to Afternoon Talks: Helen Weng, PhD, Eve Ekman, PhD & David Meyer, PhD.

Short responses to the last four talks given at the 2015 UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain research summit “Perspectives on Mindfulness: the Complex Role of Scientific Research” on May 21, 2015.

How Meditation Can Make the World a Better Place

The goal of the meditation is to feel as much compassion for the person you don’t like as the person you love.

Trying Compassion on Capitol Hill

Can you extend compassion toward a difficult person in your life? Congressman Tim Ryan tries a practice to help him reach across the aisle.

Dr. Helen Weng Included in 10 Powerful Women of the Mindfulness Movement

For Helen Weng, her work as a neuroscientist, her lived experience as the child of Taiwanese immigrants, and her mindfulness practice are inseparable. Weng has spent the last 14 years investigating the neurobiological mechanisms of mindfulness meditation.


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