Topic: 2021, BrainStorm Finalist, BrainStorm Neuroscience Pitch Competition, Consciousness, Depression, Loneliness, Meditation, Mind Science Foundation, Neuroscience, Pandemic, Partner Meditation, Social Connection, Vera Ludwig, Well-being, Young-Adults

“Effectiveness and physiological mechanisms of contemplative dyad meditation to increase social connection in young adults in the aftermath of the pandemic” Loneliness is a recognized risk factor for depression and other illnesses. Ludwig explores how meditation with a partner reduces loneliness, which is especially prevalent given our pandemic-induced physical distancing. Ludwig intends to study how meditating with a partner can increase feelings of well-being and social connection in young adults.

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