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By on July 2, 2009 – 3:02 pm  2 Comments

Denise Clegg, MAPP 08, is Program Officer for the Positive Neuroscience project at the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center. She also serves as a facilitator for the Penn Resilience Program and is a daily editor for Positive Psychology News Daily.

Denise writes on the 20th of each month, and her articles are here.

Yesterday, the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center announced the Templeton Positive Neuroscience Awards and a new research initiative aimed at understanding how the brain enables flourishing.

Supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, up to 20 two-year grants averaging $200,000 will be awarded to scientists worldwide pursuing research projects at the intersection of neuroscience and Positive Psychology.

Research topics of interest include neuroscientific explorations of:

• Virtue, strength and positive emotion
• Exceptional abilities
• Meaning and positive purpose
• Decisions, values, and free will
• Religious belief, prayer, and meditation

To be eligible for the Awards, applicants must hold a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent at the time of application and be no more than ten years beyond their doctorate or post-doctoral education. The official announcement and application details for this opportunity can be found on the Positive Neuroscience Website:


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