Professor Beth Adelson, a cognitive scientist studying insight
and discovery phenomena, received her PhD in psychology
from Harvard University. She is currently Professor Emerita
of Psychology and Computer Sciences at Rutgers University.
Dr. Adelson has held positions at MIT and CMU and the
National Science Foundation. She is a reviewer for Cognitive
Science, Interacting with Computers, NIH and NSF. She
has received numerous research grants and published several
dozen scholarly journal articles and book chapters.
Dr. Adelson’s current Buddhist research, endorsed by the
Dalai Lama, looks at the results of Brahma Vihara practice in
every-day life in conflict resolution situations.
Her current cognitive research focuses on creative insight in
scientific problem-solving and the resolution of conflict. Her
conflict resolution research looks at ways in which beneficial solutions
can be reached through analyses which participants feel are
fair. The work looks at the processes which
lead to balancing the needs of self and others; giving help while building
Dr. Adelson has served on the executive board of ACM's special
interest group for Computer-Human Interaction, has co-chaired the CHI and
Cognitive Science conferences and is Past Chair of the Franklin Institute's
Computer and Cognitive Science Cluster within its Committee on Science and
Dr. Adelson is currently teaching Theravadan and Tibetan
meditation. This work includes rendering the original texts into
language useful in society today. This allows her to develop
meditation practices which help with concerns like chronic pain, interpersonal
relations, and eating disorders.
Dr. Adelson has a long-term daily meditation practice, which
focuses on Jhana, meditative absorption and the Brahma
Viharas, the transformative qualities of the heart.