It’s hard to imagine a more exciting scientific adventure than the one described in Altered Traits. Forty years ago, when Ritchie Davidson and Daniel Goleman were grad students, their advisors told them that studying meditation would be a career-killer. But they had a revolutionary idea, and they wanted to test it scientifically. They wanted to find out if meditation could do more than produce a pleasant state – if it could make deep changes that signal different brain function. Finally, their lifelong pursuit has paid off. Scientific data confirms their hunch. The next adventure? Understanding the implications of this revolution.
Goleman, Daniel and Richard J. Davidson. Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Mediation Changes Your Mind, Brain and Body. Avery, 2017, p. 289.