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Study finds mindfulness training may not be enough to increase eco-friendliness

October 23, 2023

The innovative study marks the first time researchers have conducted a randomized controlled trial to test whether a direct relationship exists between meditation and eco-friendly attitudes and behaviors.

UW–Madison to launch novel research on suicide prevention and well-being

October 5, 2023

With up to $14 million in federal funding, the Center for Healthy Minds and the Wisconsin Institute for Sleep and Consciousness will investigate how complementary neuroscience and meditation-based interventions could target and repair the areas of the brain that control emotional regulation and cognitive flexibility.

Feeling like Barbie? Here are tips for finding purpose in the real world, based on science

August 30, 2023

In this summer's blockbuster movie of the same name, Barbie stares down an existential crisis. For humans in the real world, UW's Center for Healthy Minds has some well-tested guidance, along with a free app, for navigating life's challenges and cultivating well-being.

Center for Healthy Minds at UW–Madison to launch research on connection between asthma and Alzheimer’s disease

June 28, 2023

An interdisciplinary team of researchers will investigate the links between systemic inflammation and inflammation in the brain.

For stressed-out grad students, mindfulness makes big difference

March 22, 2023

Cultivated through practices such as meditation, yoga or prayer, mindfulness centers around being in the present moment in an open, non-judgmental, curious, accepting way.

Following pandemic, educators are not all right but meditation could ease burden

January 19, 2023

UW's Center for Healthy Minds has found that COVID-19's upheaval of K-12 schooling took its toll on educators and staff, but a meditation app showed promise for relieving symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Students of innovative course report significantly improved mental health and flourishing

September 21, 2022

Students enrolled in an experimental course called The of Art and Science of Human Flourishing demonstrated improved mental health and flourishing, according to researchers at the UW–Madison Center for Healthy Minds and collaborators.

Research network to measure and promote emotional well-being

April 15, 2021

"This network is predicated on the idea that ... well-being is plastic and something we can modify,” says Richard Davidson, director of the UW's Center for Healthy Minds.

Virtual events explore science of well-being, feature new insights from Dalai Lama

September 30, 2020

“The World We Make 2020” is a weeklong series by UW–Madison's Center for Healthy Minds. Experts will discuss topics including the neuroscience of the mind-body connection, and workplace well-being for educators.

Dalai Lama and UW expert share message of hope, determination, and “education of the mind”

June 2, 2020

Humanity has an opportunity to transform negative emotions like fear and anxiety into determination and compassion for others, the Dalai Lama said in a recent video conversation that included Richard Davidson, UW–Madison professor and founder of the Center for Healthy Minds.

Mindfulness video game changes areas of the brain associated with attention

December 26, 2019

The game was designed for middle schoolers and requires them to count their breaths by tapping a touch screen to advance through relaxing landscapes such as ancient Greek ruins and outer space.

New Faculty Focus: Simon Goldberg

October 16, 2018

"My work focuses broadly on finding ways to promote wellbeing and reduce suffering, which certainly relates to the health and wellbeing of residents of Wisconsin."

A video game can change the brain, may improve empathy in middle schoolers

August 7, 2018

In the experimental game, a robot crash lands on an alien planet. In order to rebuild the spaceship, players must, as the robot, build rapport with the aliens by deciphering their emotions.

Meditation affects brain networks differently in long-term meditators and novices

July 23, 2018

UW-Madison researchers examined brain activity in non-meditators, new meditators, and long-term meditators, and they discovered differences in emotion networks of the brain among these groups.

New approaches in neuroscience show it’s not all in your head

February 16, 2018

“How we experience the world affects us in more ways than we previously thought,” says Richard Davidson, a professor of psychology and psychiatry at UW–Madison and director of the Center for Healthy Minds.