Given the brain’s ability to change in response to experience and training, our research suggests that just like learning to play an instrument, we can also learn well-being.
Center researchers are working in collaboration with experts in curriculum development, video games and apps in efforts to promote well-being, with a focus on areas such as childhood development and the workplace. To measure the impact of these tools, scientists devise novel assessments and unique ways to track what works, what doesn’t work – and why.
In addition, our researchers seek to understand the impact of existing well-being practices and tools on well-being. For instance, why do programs such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) work for some people but not for others? Can we parse why a particular well-being intervention is effective? Our scientists and scholars answer these questions by examining cognitive and emotional processes, neural mechanisms in the brain, epigenetic markers, physical health and inflammatory processes for commonly used practices.
Journal of American College Health. doi:10.1080/07448481.2021.1920956 [Epub ahead of print] NIHMSID:NIHMS1752493.
In collaboration with Healthy Minds Innovations, this project strives to learn how to teach and measure well-being to scale
Exploring whether meditation training via mobile technology (e.g., smartphones) could dramatically increase access to potentially beneficial practices.
The goals of this work are to understand the impact of mindfulness training on police officer well-being and the well-being of people negatively affected by policing.
What impacts does an in-home parent-child mindfulness training program have on children and their families?
Seeking to understand whether large-scale interventions such as the Healthy Minds Program may have a protective effect against stress and mental health challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Center experts are developing assessments and tools that examine ways to cultivate well-being across a variety of people and contexts.
Researchers are broadening the methods to measure mindfulness
Center researchers and collaborators are building new approaches to understand the links between traditional contemplative perspectives and scientific theory to better study the scientific effects of meditation training on the brain, body, mind and behavior.
Center researchers are developing a program to teach scientifically-informed practices and principles that facilitate well-being.
Examining whether experience with mindfulness-based programs and training is helping people cope with daily stress and mental challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Center researchers are investigating possible ways to prevent teacher burnout in the classroom.
Determining whether there are protective effects of learning well-being skills on stress during crises.
Center for Healthy Minds researchers, along with partners at Pennsylvania State University and the University of Virginia, are creating and studying the impact of a well-being curriculum for college freshman.
Center scientists and collaborators examine the impact of well-being training.