"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."
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.
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 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.
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.
UW-Madison Researchers found that the best colors to use for waste bins are shades of white for paper, red for plastic, pale blue-green for glass, dark grey for metal, dark green for compost, and black for trash.
New research shows that smiles meant to convey dominance trigger a physical spike in stress hormones in their targets, while smiles intended as a reward appear to physically buffer recipients against stress.
The debate in sleep science has gone on for a generation. People and other animals sicken and die if they are deprived of sleep, but why is sleep so essential?
“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.
The study found that when most people put on a virtual reality headset, they still treat what they see like it’s happening on any run-of-the-mill TV screen.
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.
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.
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."
An analysis just published online has broken new ground by finding gender differences in both symptoms and diagnoses of depression appearing at age 12.
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.