Templeton Research Awards
The Templeton Positive Neuroscience Awards support innovative
research projects at the intersection of neuroscience and Positive
Announcing the 2010 Templeton Positive Neuroscience Award Recipients
In 2009, we announced the Awards competition and requested applications
for research applying the tools of neuroscience to a range of Positive
Psychology topics, including:
- Virtue, strength, and positive emotion: What are the neural
bases of the cognitive and affective capacities that enable virtues
such as discipline, persistence, honesty, compassion, love, curiosity,
social and practical intelligence, courage, creativity, and optimism?
- Exceptional abilities: What is special about the brains of
exceptional individuals and what can we learn from them?
- Meaning and positive purpose: How does the brain enable individuals
and groups to find meaning and achieve larger goals?
- Decisions, values, and free will: How does the brain enable
decisions based on values and how can decision-making be improved?
What can neuroscience reveal about the nature of human freedom?
- Religious belief, prayer, and meditation: How do religious
and spiritual practices affect neural function and behavior?