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Cassandra Vieten
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Cassandra Vieten, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist, director of research at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, associate scientist at the Mind Body Medicine Research Group at California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute in San Francisco, CA, and co-president of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology. Her research on mindfulness-based approaches to dealing with addictions, mood disorders, and for stress reduction during pregnancy and early motherhood have been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the State of California, and several private foundations. She is the author of Mindful Motherhood: Practical Tools for Staying Sane During Pregnancy and Your Child's First Year (New Harbinger Publications/ Noetic Books, 2009). In addition, she is coauthor, along with Marilyn Schlitz and Tina Amorok, of Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life (New Harbinger Publications/ Noetic Books, 2008). Her website is

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Experimenting With Surrender

(3) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 4:58 PM

As I begin a third year serving as President and CEO of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), I've been reflecting on what have been the most and least effective approaches to leadership. How can I best help our scientists, educators and all staff members work in their...

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Quick Stress Reducers for Pregnant Women and New Moms

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2011 | 3:40 PM

Pregnancy and early motherhood are some of the most rewarding and transformative times in women's lives. But they can also be stressful. A growing body of research is showing that mindfulness practices reduce stress, improve mood and have a number of health benefits.

Here are a few quick...

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Understanding Why We Change

(27) Comments | Posted May 10, 2011 | 3:30 AM

How do people change? How do they make significant and long-lasting shifts that affect every aspect of their lives?

Learning something new, taking a different approach, or engaging with someone with a different perspective from your own can cause noticeable changes in your everyday life. Even just watching a...

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It's About Time: The Scientific Evidence for Psi Experiences

(916) Comments | Posted December 17, 2010 | 9:01 AM

OK readers, later in this article, I'm going to use an example that will involve either a garden, a sailboat, a running man or a train. Can you accurately guess which one? In a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (JPSP), Cornell psychology professor...

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Riding the Roller Coaster of Pregnancy and Early Parenting

(3) Comments | Posted May 5, 2010 | 11:20 AM

Here's my recent response to Elisha Goldstein, PhD, who is co-author of The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook and writes a great blog on Mindfulness and Psychotherapy on

Dr. Goldstein: The journey of pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting can seem like a roller coaster at times...

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What Is Noetic Science?

(7) Comments | Posted September 21, 2009 | 4:02 PM

The New York Times book review of Dan Brown's new book, The Lost Symbol mentions noetic science:

Dr. Katherine Solomon specializes in noetic science, with its focus on mind-body connections. She admits that her field is not widely known. But when her story comes out,...

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"$2.5 Billion Spent, No Alternative Cures Found"

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2009 | 7:47 PM

"$2.5 billion Spent, No Alternative Cures Found" screams an MSNBC headline from a few months ago. "Big, government-funded studies show most work no better than placebos..." it continues.

Actually, the line that gets to me is not these, but this, "Many of the studies that have been funded...

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A Mindful Take on Screening for Postpartum Depression

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2009 | 12:09 PM

An article in this week's Time Magazine asks "Would it help or hurt to screen all mothers for postpartum depression?" The quick answer seems to be yes, of course, why not? But the issue is a bit more complex than that. Opponents of the Mother's Act, a bill before...

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Incorporating Mindfulness into Motherhood

(1) Comments | Posted June 30, 2009 | 11:06 AM

Mindful Motherhood, simply put, is being present in your body, and connected with your baby even when the going gets rough. It's being aware of your experience from moment to moment, as it is happening, without pushing it away, trying to make it stay, or judging it as bad or...

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