Washington University in St. Louis hosts first-ever Mindfulness Day
Oct 11, 2023
Washington University hosted its inaugural Mindfulness Day on Wednesday, Oct. 4. World-renowned neuroscientist Dr. Richard Davidson delivered the keynote presentation titled “Mindfulness and the Skills of Human Flourishing.” Dr. Amit Bernstein, clinical psychologist and professor at the University of Haifa, led “Finding Refuge, One Moment at a Time: Mindfulness-Based Trauma Recovery for Refugees.”
UW–Madison to launch novel research on suicide prevention and well-being
Oct 05, 2023
A multi-disciplinary team of University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers, led by the Center for Healthy Minds and the Wisconsin Institute for Sleep and Consciousness, is set to begin a highly novel, multi-phase study exploring whether a combination of targeted brain stimulation and meditation can improve well-being and help prevent deaths by suicide.
The Global Refugee Crisis: How Can Mindfulness & Compassion Training Help?
Oct 05, 2023
“The global human rights crisis has contributed to a global mental health crisis,” says Amit Bernstein, a professor of psychology and founder and director of the Observing Minds Lab at the University of Haifa in Israel. To help foster healing “one moment at a time,” Amit and his team of students and asylum seekers developed Mindfulness-Based Trauma Recovery for Refugees (MBTR-R), a trauma-sensitive mindfulness and compassion training intervention. The nine-week program has now been tested and adapted to meet the needs of diverse populations of asylum seekers and refugees from North Africa to Ukraine.
Cool Class: This Course is Improving Students’ Mental Health
Sep 18, 2023
The Art & Science of Human Flourishing is a collaborative course that helps students develop their own mindfulness toolkit to navigate their first year of college and beyond. And a recent study shows it works. Now, professors and researchers are hoping to find a way to share their findings beyond the classroom and in the community.
A Slight Change of Plans: “A Meditation Scientist Changes My Mind”
Jun 19, 2023
After a life-changing experience in India, Dr. Richard Davidson tried to convince his Harvard professors to let him study the science of meditation. No one took him seriously. Half a century later, Richie has measured the undeniable impact of meditation on our brains. In this podcast, Richie speaks with host Maya Shankar, a cognitive scientist who served as a Senior Advisor in the Obama White House.
Hidden Brain Podcast: Seeking Serenity Part 2
Jun 08, 2023
In the second part of the series on the science of meditation, Richard Davidson continues his endeavor to unite seemingly opposite ways of understanding the mind. Plus, he shares the latest research on mindfulness and the unexpected ways it can benefit us.
Hidden Brain Podcast: Seeking Serenity Part 1
Jun 05, 2023
In graduate school, neuroscientist Richard Davidson learned to use scientific tools as a way to examine the brain. At the same time, he also started studying under master meditators — who deeply contemplated their internal and external lives. This week, two ways of understanding the mind.
University of the Air: "Education and Well-Being"
Jun 04, 2023
What are the keys to well-being, and what is the difference between well-being and happiness? Richard Davidson, professor of psychology and psychiatry at UW Madison will describe the four components to well-being derived from studies of the physiological effects of each. He’ll tell us how awareness of the moment at hand, connectedness, a sense of self, and a sense of direction in life can lead to a longer, healthier, and more fulfilling life.
Well-being can be learned
May 06, 2023
Did you know Richard J. Davidson meditates "every single day" for about 45 minutes? Dig into this Q&A with Richie, Founder and Director of The Center for Healthy Minds, from Latvian arts & humanities publication Spiriterritory.
8 Books for Anyone Curious About Meditation
Apr 22, 2023
The New York Times asked experts — mindfulness teachers, spiritual leaders, and scientists — for their favorite beginner-friendly titles. Richard J. Davidson and Daniel Goleman's book “Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain and Body" is featured.
How to Have It All
Mar 01, 2023
The pursuit of happiness can feel like a fruitless endeavor. UW experts, including Honorary Fellow at Center for Healthy Minds Pelin Kesebir, say it doesn’t have to.
Caretakers of Wonder with the Madison Children's Museum
Jan 06, 2023
Our friends at Madison Children's Museum are leading the way on Caretakers of Wonder, a two-year national grant supporting museums to address climate change now and prepare children to meet a challenging future. The project is founded on groundbreaking work by Center for Healthy Minds' director Dr. Richard Davidson and other local leaders in science.
The Thukdam Project
Jul 28, 2021
Center Founder and Director Richard Davidson and Postdoctoral Research Associate Tawni Tidwell discuss the Tukum research project, the first-ever scientific study of post-mortem meditation.
The Human-Earth Connection
May 21, 2021
Loka Director Dekila Chungylapa shares her views of nature, the climate crisis and her unique collaborations with faith leaders through the Loka Initiative on this podcast.
In pursuit of mindfulness
Apr 28, 2021
Center Founder and Director Richard Davidson identifies four societal threats to that “flourishing” that can negatively impact our lives and thinking and four skills that can be developed to promote well-being and resilience.
The Zen of competition
Mar 19, 2021
Center collaborator Chad McGehee talks about using meditation and mindfulness to strengthen and condition the mind in athletes to improve performance.
Becoming a Buddhist Climate Scientist
Mar 10, 2021
Dekila Chungyalpa, director of the Loka Initiative, talks about her work with religious and indigenous leaders, scientists, and policymakers to design community-based environmental and climate programs. She also discusses how she relies on Buddhist Buddhist teachings on emptiness, impermanence, non-attachment and compassion to sustain her during times of eco-anxiety and distress.
Why meditation changes the brain
Jan 24, 2021
Center Founder and Director Richard Davidson and Mingyur Rinpoche talk about the science of meditation and how improving the skills of awareness and compassion and improve well-being.
Well-being can be learned
Sep 18, 2020
Center Founder and Director Richard Davidson talks about how our brains are constantly being shaped, and that well-being is a skill that each of us can develop.
How Do You Measure Mindfulness?
Aug 05, 2020
Mindfulness can reduce the risk of relapse in people with depression, help manage chronic pain and improve some measures of heart health. Center Founder and Director Richard Davidson shares insights from research that points to physical benefits of meditation
The Kindness Curriculum
Oct 10, 2019
Center Founder and Director Richard Davidson shares insights about the Kindness Curriculum, which is a free resource available to teachers and parents of young children.
Can Changing Your Mind Change the World?
Sep 04, 2019
Based on Center Founder and Director Richard Davidson's lecture at the World Bank’s Science of Learning Expert Series, the article discusses the four constituents of well-being – awareness, connection, insight, and purpose
The Science of Happiness
Feb 26, 2019
Research from the Center suggests that happier people's brains are more active in the left prefrontal cortex and we can rewire our brains for happiness.
Hacking Inner Peace
Nov 29, 2018
In an article discussing the links between meditation and a form of therapy called neurofeedback, Center founder Richard Davidson says that there isn't enough scientific evidence to assert that neurofeedback can be helpful to people meditating
Well-Being is a Skill
Oct 31, 2018
During a webinar hosted by Amir H. Imani, Center founder Davidson explains how mental training to cultivate well-being can have a positive impact on happiness, creativity and productivity in the work place and at home.
Why Self-Love is Important and How to Cultivate it
Mar 23, 2018
For many people, the concept of self-love might conjure images of tree-hugging hippies or cheesy self-help books. But, as many psychology studies attest, self-love and -compassion are key for mental health and well-being, keeping depression and anxiety at bay.
Pre-schoolers Learn Kindness, Mindfulness
Jan 17, 2018
Pre-kindergarten students at Jackson Heights, Queens are being taught kindness. They are one of the first public schools in New York City to introduce the Center Healthy Minds' Kindness Curriculum, a mindfulness-based curriculum for pre-K students.
The Science of Meditation
Dec 27, 2017
In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Daniel Goleman and Center Founder Richard Davidson about the current scientific understanding of meditation practice.
Nov 30, 2017
Knowing that your doctor is under stress may not be comforting, but it might put you more at ease to know that mindfulness — the practice of training your brain to cultivate well-being — is now being taught in medical school.
Nov 29, 2017
In an interview with Dan Grupe, an assistant scientist at the Center for Healthy Minds, discusses the pilot study examining the effects of mindfulness-based training on a small group of Madison police officers
How Does Meditation Work?
Oct 28, 2017
While meditation is popularly presented as a panacea for the world’s ailments, Daniel Goleman and Center Founder Richard Davidson's new book "Altered Traits" is a highly approachable work based on solid clinical evidence.
Mindful Policing: The Future of Force
Jun 14, 2017
With police violence—and public scrutiny— on the rise, cities turn to mindfulness to help officers deal with the stress of the job. A study from the Center for Healthy Minds will gauge the impact of mindfulness practices on police officers.
Oscar the Optimist?
Jun 06, 2017
Sesame Street, one of the most beloved children’s television shows, is emphasizing kindness in its current season with the help of the Center for Healthy Minds, which studies the science of well-being and how it can be nurtured.
Pitt Study: Abuse in Childhood Can Lead to Misbehavior Later
Feb 28, 2017
Most children develop the ability early on to link good behavior with positive outcomes. Good grades, for example, can lead to parental praise and opportunities later in life. But children physically abused at home have that ability impaired, often leading to patterns of misbehavior. A study written by a newly appointed University of Pittsburgh assistant professor found that physical abuse during childhood can result in the child’s inability to associate good behavior to positive outcomes
Meeting with Neuroscientist Richard Davidson
Feb 13, 2017
Richard Davidson , the renowned American scientist specialized in analyzing the emotions recently visited Barcelona and has held a meeting with Nacho Master and Mària Vallès , CEO and Director General of the Fundació FC Barcelona , respectively
Sep 29, 2016
A pilot study from the Center will explore the impact of mindfulness-based practices on officers’ physical and mental well-being
Feb 25, 2013
The Wall Street Journal draws from the work of Richard Davidson from the Center for Healthy Minds to understand the relationship between frowning muscles and activity in the brain
La vida emocional del cerebro
Oct 22, 2012
En una entrevista con el Dr.Richard Davidson, conversamos acerca del primer enfoque neurocientifíco que se ocupa la afectividad, de los variados estilos emocionales que se dan entre las personas y del valor de la neuroplasticidad cerebral para afrontar los cambios
Jul 01, 2012
Richard Davidson's "The Emotional Life of Your Brain" is one of three books featured in this review about the movement to bring contemplative practice to society's mainstream
Finding the Zone
Jun 01, 2012
The Harvard Business Review states Richard Davidson's book is a great companion piece to Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit