Tag Psychology

Davidson elected to National Academy of Medicine

October 16, 2017

The director of the Center for Healthy Minds has authored more than 375 papers exploring the neural bases of emotion, and interventions that may be helpful for promoting well-being, kindness, compassion and empathy.

Healthy competition makes habit of sustainability

October 13, 2017

A new analysis shows lasting reductions in electricity use among hundreds of players of the Cool Choices game, which uses friendly competition to get energy-saving habits to sink in.

To pick a great gift, it’s better to give AND receive

July 28, 2017

A new study shows that gift recipients are happier with a present when the giver got themselves the same thing — a phenomenon researchers call "companionizing."

Analysis: Gender differences in depression appear at age 12

April 27, 2017

An analysis just published online has broken new ground by finding gender differences in both symptoms and diagnoses of depression appearing at age 12.

Alumna Nancy Armstrong shares stories of American women’s movement

March 2, 2017

UW-Madison graduate Nancy Armstrong is senior producer of MAKERS, a multimedia platform that includes the first documentary of the modern American women’s movement and the largest collection of women’s stories ever assembled.

Telling the tale of midlife in the United States

January 19, 2017

MIDUS is a national longitudinal study on aging explicitly focused on midlife, including transitions from young adulthood to midlife, and from midlife into old age.

Magnetic brain stimulation can bring back stowed memories

December 1, 2016

The lab of Brad Postle, a psychology professor at UW–Madison, is challenging the idea that working memory remembers things through sustained brain activity.

Some brains are blind to moving objects

September 28, 2016

As many as half of people are blind to motion in some part of their field of vision, but the deficit doesn’t have anything to do with the eyes.

A visual nudge can disrupt recall of what things look like

August 26, 2016

The connection between visual knowledge and visual perception challenges widely held theories that visual information about the world is stored abstractly.

UW–Madison teams up with Madison police to foster officer well-being

August 23, 2016

The collaboration will focus on whether mindfulness-based practices can help improve officers’ abilities to manage their daily and occupational stressors.

Learning like humans, machines extend the reach of research

August 16, 2016

A growing group of University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers is working on ways to use computers to make better use of human brain power.

Deciding for others is more fun than doing it for ourselves, research shows

May 26, 2016

  Making decisions can be tiring, but choosing a course of action for others is less draining and more enjoyable than when we do it …

When inhaling media erodes attention, exhaling provides focus

April 18, 2016

For people who text while watching TV or listen to music while reading, sharpening their focus may be as simple as breathing.

Media Advisory: Dalai Lama credentials

February 29, 2016

Members of the media can apply for credentials to cover the event “The World We Make” featuring His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Madison, Wisconsin, at the Overture Center for the Arts March 9, 2016.

14th Dalai Lama to visit Madison for live-streamed event on global well-being

February 23, 2016

Gathering perspectives to promote global well-being, the Center for Healthy Minds at UW–Madison will host the event March 9.

Brauer: Better diversity training is built on research, not intuition

February 5, 2016

Markus Brauer is teaching a public workshop Feb. 9 aimed at reducing prejudice and discrimination in the workplace, emphasizing strategies backed by both good intentions and sound science.

Virtual reality makes its best users the most queasy

January 28, 2016

In a twist of virtual fate, people with the best 3-D vision are also the people most likely to suffer from motion sickness while using virtual reality displays.