Scientific Advisory Board

The Humanize Dyads were born out of years of social neuroscience research conducted by dozens of psychologists and neuroscientists. As Humanize brings the Dyads more broadly to the public, we maintain our commitment to scientific rigor through our Scientific Advisory Board. This panel of experts advises Humanize on best practices and latest developments in the cultivation of social & emotional capacities.


Olga Klimecki

Olga Klimecki, PhD is a neuroscientist and psychologist. She holds a PhD (Dr. phil., summa cum laude) from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and a Dr. rer. nat. habil. from Technische Universität Dresden, Germany, where she was guest professor in Psychology in 2020 and 2021. 

Her research focuses on the promotion of mental and physical health across the lifespan. More specifically, Olga uses randomized controlled studies to test the causal impact of behavioural, cognitive, and emotional interventions. Her work also studies bio-psycho-social mechanisms of action with a focus on brain functions and connectivity, emotions, as well as interpersonal and intergroup behaviour. 

She is also a certified mindfulness meditation teacher. More specifically, Olga took a 2-year course with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach at the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California at Berkeley, USA. Olga has been teaching meditation courses within institutions, companies, and to the general public across the world.

Olga (co-) authored over 80 scientific publications. In recognition of her research on neural plasticity and conflict resolution, Olga has received several grants and awards, including the Early Career Award from the Society for Social Neuroscience in Washington DC, a Marie Curie Fellowship and a Horizon 2020 grant from the European Commission as co-PI. 

She is co-prinicpal investigator of the longest meditation study to date – the Medit-Ageing / Silver Santé study which was funded with a total of 7 Mio EUR. She has been leading research on conflict resolution in different countries since 2013. 


Elena Antonova

Elena is a Reader (Associate Professor) in Contemplative Neuroscience at Brunel University London, UK, which she joined in 2019.

Prior to that, she was a Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London, UK.

Her research focuses on the effects of long-term mindfulness practice using behavioral, psychophysiological, and neuroimaging methods, with the application to the prevention of psychopathologies and enhancement of well-being in vulnerable individuals. 

Elena has been actively involved with the Mind & Life Institute since 2011 and the Mind & Life Europe since 2013 to support their mission of catalyzing the dialogue between contemplative traditions and science.

In 2017, Elena was elected a Mind & Life Research Fellow for her contribution to contemplative science.

Elena is committed to the dissemination of research findings in the field of contemplative neuroscience to the general public to enable as many people as possible to benefit from the evidence-based contemplative practices. 

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