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    Rael Cahn, MD, PhD

    TitleAssistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry & The Behavioral Sciences
    SchoolKeck School of Medicine of USC
    DepartmentPsychiatry and The Behavioral Sciences
    AddressBCI 3629A McClintock Avenue
    Health Sciences Campus
    Los Angeles California 90089-2921
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      Dr. Rael Cahn completed his PhD in Neurosciences in 2007 and received his medical degree in 2008 from UC San Diego in La Jolla, CA. He completed his residency with the UC Irvine Medical Center Psychiatry Residency Program in 2014 and joined the USC faculty. Dr. Cahn has been researching and publishing on the clinical and brain effects of mindfulness and meditative practices throughout his medical and scientific career as well as teaching mindfulness meditation in group settings for medical professionals as well as patients. He is currently affiliated with the USC Brain and Creativity Institute where he is conducting psychological and brain research in the domains of behavioral and psychological interventions including mindfulness and meditative practices in healthy populations dealing with everyday stressors as well as those with psychiatric illness including substance use disorders, depression, and anxiety.

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      UCSD, La Jolla, CAMD2008Medicine
      UCSD, La Jolla, CAPhD2007Neuroscience
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      Alliant University 2010Early Career Award for Contributions in Integrative Psychology
      2011Marquis Who's Who in America
      2013Marquis Who's Who in America

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      1. Cahn B, Goodman MS, Peterson CT, Maturi R, Mills PJ. Yoga, Meditation and Mind-Body Health: Increased BDNF, Cortisol Awakening Response, and Altered Inflammatory Marker Expression after a 3-Month Yoga and Meditation Retreat. Front Hum Neurosci. 2017; 11:315. PMID: 28694775.
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      2. Braboszcz C, Cahn B, Levy J, Fernandez M, Delorme A. Increased Gamma Brainwave Amplitude Compared to Control in Three Different Meditation Traditions. PLoS One. 2017; 12(1):e0170647. PMID: 28118405.
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      3. Habibi A, Cahn B, Damasio A, Damasio H. Neural correlates of accelerated auditory processing in children engaged in music training. Dev Cogn Neurosci. 2016 Oct; 21:1-14. PMID: 27490304.
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      4. Britton WB, Lindahl JR, Cahn B, Davis JH, Goldman RE. Awakening is not a metaphor: the effects of Buddhist meditation practices on basic wakefulness. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2014 Jan; 1307:64-81. PMID: 24372471; PMCID: PMC4054695.
      5. Braboszcz C, Cahn B, Balakrishnan B, Maturi RK, Grandchamp R, Delorme A. Plasticity of visual attention in Isha yoga meditation practitioners before and after a 3-month retreat. Front Psychol. 2013; 4:914. PMID: 24376429; PMCID: PMC3859885.
      6. Cahn B, Delorme A, Polich J. Event-related delta, theta, alpha and gamma correlates to auditory oddball processing during Vipassana meditation. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2013 Jan; 8(1):100-11. PMID: 22648958; PMCID: PMC3541491.
      7. Kometer M, Cahn B, Andel D, Carter OL, Vollenweider FX. The 5-HT2A/1A agonist psilocybin disrupts modal object completion associated with visual hallucinations. Biol Psychiatry. 2011 Mar 01; 69(5):399-406. PMID: 21126732.
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      8. Cahn B, Delorme A, Polich J. Occipital gamma activation during Vipassana meditation. Cogn Process. 2010 Feb; 11(1):39-56. PMID: 20013298; PMCID: PMC2812711.
      9. Cahn B, Polich J. Meditation (Vipassana) and the P3a event-related brain potential. Int J Psychophysiol. 2009 Apr; 72(1):51-60. PMID: 18845193; PMCID: PMC2715145.
      10. Wittmann M, Carter O, Hasler F, Cahn B, Grimberg U, Spring P, Hell D, Flohr H, Vollenweider FX. Effects of psilocybin on time perception and temporal control of behaviour in humans. J Psychopharmacol. 2007 Jan; 21(1):50-64. PMID: 16714323.
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      11. Cahn B, Polich J. Meditation states and traits: EEG, ERP, and neuroimaging studies. Psychol Bull. 2006 Mar; 132(2):180-211. PMID: 16536641.
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      12. Grant I, Cahn B. Cannabis and endocannabinoid modulators: Therapeutic promises and challenges. Clin Neurosci Res. 2005; 5(2-4):185-199. PMID: 18806886.
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      13. Leonard JR, D'Sa C, Cahn B, Korsmeyer SJ, Roth KA. Bid regulation of neuronal apoptosis. Brain Res Dev Brain Res. 2001 Jun 29; 128(2):187-90. PMID: 11412905.
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