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Badger Talks video: How to communicate better while wearing a mask

September 22, 2020

Professor Maryellen MacDonald explains why it's so tough to talk to each other in masks, and offers tips in how to adapt so people understand, such as using hand gestures and nodding.

That little voice in your head — if you have it — may be aligning your thoughts

August 7, 2020

It’s evidence that the differences in visual and “audible” representations in the mind are connected to differences in the way we organize our thinking.

9 in 10 men want their doctors to ask about domestic violence

July 13, 2020

The fact that few young men are asked about the subject suggests physicians have an opportunity to begin more conversations about domestic violence and potentially intervene, says Tova Walsh, who led the study.

Badger Talks: Overcoming our sense of loss

July 7, 2020

Richard Davidson, founder of the Center for Healthy Minds, is known for his groundbreaking work studying emotion and the brain. On this edition of Badger Talks, he discusses how to deal with the loss we feel at this point in the pandemic.

Showing pro-diversity feelings are the norm makes individuals more tolerant

June 29, 2020

Students who watched a video about the positive impact of a diverse campus on their first day of class were more tolerant of other groups and more supportive of diversity even months later.

Talking to kids about COVID-19: UW–Madison expert offers tips

March 16, 2020

What do we tell children in times of uncertainty? There are no easy answers but Travis Wright, an associate professor of counseling psychology at the School of Education, offers some suggestions.

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.

Low genetic risk for ADHD may protect against negative life experiences

December 16, 2019

Adults with lower genetic risk for ADHD also reported, on average, higher IQs and educational attainments, shorter or no criminal records, lower body mass index (BMI), and lower rates of depression than adults with middle-to-high genetic risk for ADHD.

New Faculty Focus: Alvin Thomas

November 1, 2019

Thomas's work aims to improve the life chances of Black children and youth by drawing attention to risks that undermine their positive development, strengthening the Black family, encouraging father engagement, and challenging policies that undermine these families.

Black youths less protected from antisocial behaviors than white peers

December 14, 2018

New research assesses the developmental trajectories of antisocial behaviors in both black and white youths.

For student commencement speaker, years of writing and performing lead to Kohl Center stage

November 28, 2018

Jamie Dawson, a seasoned spoken word artist and member of the First Wave program, has been chosen as the student speaker for winter commencement.

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.

Away with words: Emoji help brands communicate with customers

July 24, 2018

A UW–Madison professor's research examines how emoji are used to convey meaning and emotion in written communications, especially on social media. Her favorite? The eye roll.

Meditation can help during crisis and everyday lives, UW–Madison expert says

July 13, 2018

Meditation was used to calm the 12 boys trapped in a cave in Thailand before their rescue. A UW–Madison expert says it can help you in your daily life too.

How talking more can make you better at listening — to foreign languages

April 11, 2018

The typical foreign language class spends much of its time listening to fluent speakers, but new UW research shows that the students should spend more time talking.