Change Your Mind, Change the World

Center for Healthy Minds
at the Waisman Center

University of Wisconsin-Madison
1500 Highland Ave, Suite S119
Madison, WI 53705-2280
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Upcoming Events

Changing the Odds 2016
October 6, 9:00AM to October 7, 3:30PM

Center Founder Richard Davidson is a featured speaker at this year's "Compassion: Brain Changer" conference

Empathy and Compassion in Society
October 14 to October 15, 2016

Center Founder Richard Davidson is a guest of honor and speaker at the 4th annual professional conference

Center for Healthy Minds Knowledge Series - October Kindness in the Classroom
October 17, 6:00PM to 8:30PM

Join us in Madison for a presentation on research projects in the classroom and meet the staff and supporters who make the Center's work possible

How Can Mindfulness Help Society?
October 21, 7:00PM to 9:00PM

An evening dialogue with Center Founder Richard Davidson and contemplative teacher Acharya Fleet Maull

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) 50th Anniversary Convention
October 27 to October 30, 2016

Center Founder Richard Davidson will participate in a panel discussion on neuroscience and psychological treatment

International Symposium for Contemplative Studies 2016
November 10 to November 13, 2016

Center Founder Richard Davidson is a keynote speaker at the conference hosted annually by the Mind & Life Institute

Baby Brain and Behavior Project Gratitude Reception
November 17, 5:00PM to 7:00PM

The Baby Brain and Behavior Project hosts an appreciation event

1440 Multiversity Presents: Dr. Richard Davidson
September 15 to September 17, 2017

Center Founder Richard Davidson explores everyday well-being on the 1440 Multiversity campus

Past Events

Special Member Tour - September
September 15, 10:00AM to 12:00PM

Center for Healthy Minds members are invited to a tour and special scientific presentation by graduate student Matthew Hirshberg on developing well-being in teachers and students

The Science of Meditation
September 13, 7:00PM to 8:30PM

Center Founder Richard Davidson presents the latest research findings on meditation and its impact on the brain at this special event hosted by Tergar Madison

The Mind in Labor: Working with Pain in Childbirth
September 9 to September 11, 2016

Center faculty member Larissa Duncan invites expectant parents and healthcare professionals for a weekend workshop on using mindfulness in childbirth and parenting

Jewish Social Services of Madison Levy Summer Series
August 24, 11:30AM

Center Founder Richard Davidson is a speaker for the Jewish Social Services of Madison Levy Summer Series

Special Member Tour - August
August 18, 10:00AM to 12:00PM

Center for Healthy Minds members are invited to an in-depth research equipment viewing and discussion led by Senior Information Processing Consultant in the Brain Imaging Core, Michael Anderle

AccessCircles Aspen Forum: Living Well, Living Mindfully
July 22, 8:15AM to 9:30AM

Center Founder Richard Davidson presents "Creating a Healthy Mind: The Neuroscience of Well-Being" at the three day forum on health and wellness

Special Member Tour - July
July 21, 10:00AM to 12:00PM

Center for Healthy Minds members are invited to a tour and special scientific presentation by researcher Cecilia Westbrook on the role of executive function and memory in the risk for internalizing disorders

Dreaming, Dying, and Awareness
July 13, 7:30PM to 9:30PM

In this evening talk, Center Founder Richard Davidson and Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche provide perspectives based on their backgrounds in neuroscientific research and Tibetan Buddhism, respectively

Basic Goodness: Meditation and the Science of Human Flourishing
July 2, 9:00AM to July 3, 5:00PM

Center Founder Richard Davidson joins Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche for a weekend workshop including teachings and discussions on meditation and the cultivation of well-being

Dane County Small Business Awards
June 28, 7:30AM to 9:30AM

Center Founder Richard Davidson is the keynote speaker at annual awards ceremony

Center for Healthy Minds Knowledge Series
June 27, 6:00PM to 8:30PM

Join us in Madison for a lecture on the latest well-being science by Center Founder Richard Davidson and meet the staff and supporters who make the Center's work possible.

Clinical Psychology Summer Institute
June 20, 8:30AM to June 24, 2:30PM

Center Founder Richard Davidson presents Cultivating Well-Being: Perspectives from affective & contemplative neuroscience at the inaugural UW–Madison Division of Continuing Studies conference for clinical psychologists

Special Member Tour - June
June 16, 10:00AM to 12:00PM

Center for Healthy Minds members are invited to a special presentation and tour of the Center

Meditation and the Science of Human Flourishing - Stanford
June 11, 9:00AM to 5:00PM

Center Founder Richard Davidson joins Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche in leading a workshop including teachings and discussions on meditation and the cultivation of well-being

Science of the Brain, Training of the Mind: A Conversation Between Neuroscience and the Contemplative Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism
May 20, 3:00PM to 4:30PM

Center Founder Richard Davidson joins leading Buddhist scholar Khenpo Tsultrim Lodro to discuss the modern science behind traditional contemplative practices

Special Member Tour - May
May 19, 10:00AM to 12:00PM

Center for Healthy Minds members are invited to a special presentation and tour of the Center

International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health 2016
May 17 to May 20, 2016

Center Founder Richard Davidson is a plenary speaker at ICIMH 2016: Bridging Research, Clinical Care, Education, and Policy

Swain Endowed Lectureship: Well-Being is a Skill
May 10, 6:30PM

Center Founder Richard Davidson presents the scientific evidence that suggests we can change our brains and improve well-being in Peoria, IL

Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture in the Science of Complementary Health Therapies: Change Your Brain by Transforming Your Mind
May 3, 10:00AM to 11:00AM

Center Founder Richard Davidson presents the Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture on meditation and its impact on the brain and well-being

Take 10 Minutes, Change the World: A Conversation Between Richard Davidson, Ph.D., and Lama Tsomo
April 26, 6:00PM to 8:00PM

Center for Healthy Minds Founder Richard Davidson joins friend and author Lama Tsomo to discuss the latest scientific research on meditation

2016 Wisconsin Symposium on Emotion
April 19 to April 20, 2016

Center Founder Richard Davidson and colleagues support a conference focused on the science of emotions

2016 Summit on Women, Gender and Well-Being: The Transformation of Women’s Health
April 14, 7:15PM
Inaugural Lecture on Compassion
April 7, 3:00PM

Center Founder Richard Davidson gives the Inaugural Lecture on Compassion at the Penn State Spring 2016 seminar series

The World We Make Livestream
March 9, 2016

How can our actions today shape the world tomorrow?

National Geographic Live: The Science of a Happy Mind
March 3, 7:30PM

Center Founder Richard Davidson presents "The Science of a Happy Mind" with National Geographic Live

Zen Brain 2016
February 4 to February 6, 2016

Center faculty explore the science of well-being at Zen Brain 2016

The Science of Meditation at Tergar Madison
February 2, 7:00PM to 8:30PM

An evening on the science of well-being with Center Founder Richard Davidson

World Economic Forum 2016
January 20 to January 23, 2016

Center Founder Richard Davidson joins a group of leading politicians, thinkers and innovators for several days of discussion and other events

Conference for Contemplative Practices to Promote Child and Family Well-Being 2015
October 9 to October 10, 2015

Center experts share perspectives about contemplative practices for children and families

Creating a Happier World: An Afternoon with the Dalai Lama and Friends
September 21, 2015

The Center participates in "Creating a Happier World: An Afternoon with the Dalai Lama and Friends"

The Science of Meditation 2015
September 8, 2015

Center Founder Richard Davidson presents the latest research findings on meditation with Tergar Madison.

Enter the Conversation: An Exploration of Altruism, New York City
June 16, 2015

Center Founder Richard Davidson leads a global conversation on altruism

Change Your Brain by Transforming Your Mind, Copenhagen, Denmark
May 12, 2015

Tergar International hosts "Change Your Brain by Transforming Your Mind" with Center Founder Richard Davidson

International Forum on Consciousness
May 7 to May 8, 2015

The Center teams up to explore conscioiusness with world experts

The Heart, the Brain and Society: Buddhist and Scientific Perspectives on the Cultivation of Well-Being
April 27, 2015

The Center and Tergar Meditation Community host the Karmapa to explore conversations on well-being

National Alliance on Mental Illness Wisconsin Annual Conference
April 24, 2015

Davidson probes mental health challenges at local event

Wisdom 2.0 Conference 2015
February 20 to November 22, 2015

Center Founder Richard Davidson kicks off Wisdom 2.0 conference, discussing how well-being is a skill that can be learned

Change Your Brain by Transforming Your Mind: Neuroscientific Studies of Meditation
February 9, 2015

How can well-being be learned? Center Founder Richard Davidson shares the science of well-being at the University of Oregon

Zen Brain 2015
February 5 to February 8, 2015

With scientists and scholars, Founder Richard Davidson gives a talk on the science of well-being


THRIVE Connections Luncheon
January 29, 2015

Can well-being be learned?

World Economic Forum 2015
January 23, 2015

Center Founder Richard Davidson shares the science of well-being with global audience

Well-being Is a Skill: An Evening with Richard Davidson
December 9, 2014

What does science tell us about well-being?

Science Talk at Milwaukee Rotary Club
December 2, 2014

The Center shares the science of well-being in Milwaukee

Richard Davidson Talks Well-Being in Mexico City
November 12, 2014

Center shares science in Mexico City, Mexico

Mindful Leadership
October 24 to October 25, 2014

What can good leadership take away from well-being skills?

Happiness as a Skill: The Brain’s Ability to Change Itself through Mental Training
October 16, 2014

What does science tell us about the effectiveness of training our minds?

Thrive with Arianna Huffington
October 1, 2014

The Center joins Arianna Huffington to explore how to thrive

Free Webcast: Train Your Brain
September 30, 2014

Two friends talk about their journeys toward greater well-being

Big Ten Alumni Relations and Development Conference
July 17, 2014

Center Founder Richard Davidson serves as a keynote at this event

Games+Learning+Society Conference
June 10 to June 13, 2014

The Center shares why video games may be a powerful tool for improving well-being in youth

University of Wisconsin–Madison Teaching and Learning Symposium
May 19 to May 20, 2014

Center Founder Richard Davidson is one of the keynote speakers for the event

Brandworks University
May 13 to May 14, 2014

Davidson shares thoughts at international marketing conference

The La Crosse Compassion Project
May 2 to June 28, 2014

Children are inspired to share their visions of compassion through art


Change Your Brain by Transforming Your Mind, St. Paul, Minnesota
May 2 to May 3, 2014

How does neuroscience shape our well-being?

3.8 Billion Years of Wisdom: Exploring the Genius of Nature
May 1 to May 2, 2014

The Center participates in larger event on the genius of nature

Wisconsin Festival of Ideas 2014
April 19, 2014

Davidson leads Distinguished Lecture Series

Mapping the Mind: A Dialogue between Scientists and Contemplative Scholars-Practitioners
April 11, 2014

Richard Davidson travels to Japan to share the latest neuroscience on well-being

Change Your Brain by Transforming Your Mind, University of Washington–Seattle
March 26, 2014

Richard Davidson leads talk on children and family well-being

Change Your Brain by Transforming Your Mind at Washington University
March 5, 2014

How can modern neuroscience shape how we train our minds?

Transform Your Mind, Change Your Brain
November 16, 2013

Davidson participates in "Words on Wellness" speaker series

Mind and Life Institute Asia Events
November 3 to November 11, 2013

Center participates in global conversations on well-being

​Mind and Life Institute XXVII
October 28 to November 1, 2013

Davidson travels to India to partake in Mind and Life dialogues

Conference for ​Contemplative Practices to Promote Child and Family Well-Being 2013
October 14 to October 15, 2013

What do we know about well-being in infants, children and families?

​UW Health Integrative Medicine's MBSR 20th Anniversary
October 11 to October 12, 2013

University of Wisconsin–Madison hosts celebration of well-being practices and community

The Visit of the Dalai Lama to Emory University
October 8, 2013

Davidson joins the Dalai Lama for thought-provoking discussions on the neuroscience of happiness at Emory University

The Science of Meditation 2013
October 1, 2013

Davidson shares the latest on the science of meditation and well-being

Free the Mind at Milwaukee Film Festival
September 30, 2013

A viewing and Q&A for the documentary inspired by the Center's work

Being Human 2013
September 28, 2013

The Center explores human nature at event in San Francisco

Change Your Mind, Change the World
May 15, 2013

The Center convenes world leaders to explore ways to make the world a healthier, happier place

​Family Action Network
April 25, 2013

Davidson shares the science behind well-being

​Center for Complexity and Collective Computation's Very Informal Seminar
March 15, 2013

Davidson participates in informal seminar at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery

​Be The Change Meditate Online Conference
March 4, 2013

Founder Richard Davidson tackles the science behind the meditating brain

John Templeton Foundation's Big Questions Online
February 1, 2013

Davidson leads online science discussion with the public

Your Brain, On Meditation
January 31, 2013

Richard Davidson leads a talk on meditation's impact on the brain

Mind and Life XXVI
January 17 to January 22, 2013

The Center partakes in the Mind and Life dialogue on contemplative studies in Mundgo, India

Madison Civics Club
December 8, 2012

Davidson shares his experiences in neuroscience with the Madison Civics Club

​Meditation and Wissenschaft Congress
November 26, 2012

What do we know so far about the neuroscientific studies on meditation?

​25th International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
November 20, 2012

An international film festival premieres documentary about the Center's work

​American Academy of Religion and the Templeton Prize Research Grant
November 19, 2012

Davidson lends perspective to the intersections of science and religion

​More Than Sound Webinar
November 14, 2012

The Center contributes to the larger conversation about well-being and happiness at work

The Education of Attention and Kindness: Perspectives from Contemplative Neuroscience
November 13, 2012

Can attention and kindness be taught in schools?

​The Rainbow Project
November 1, 2012

Davidson shares his perspective with local group dedicated to mental health

​Mind and Life XXV
October 20, 2012

Center Founder explores real-world challenges in well-being with the Dalai Lama

The Buddha's Brain
October 12 to October 14, 2012

An exploration of well-being from science and the humanities

​Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day
October 10, 2012

Davidson participates in local conversations on mental health

​The Compassionate Brain
October 8, 2012

Can well-being skills like compassion be learned?

​Stanford Talks: Psychology Colloquium
October 3, 2012

Davidson heads to Stanford to share the latest in neuroscience research

Discussion at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education
October 2, 2012

Davidson chronicles the evolution of contemplative neuroscience

Wisconsin Science Festival 2012
September 27 to September 30, 2012

Richard Davidson blends neuroscience with music at the annual Festival on Universitiy of Wisconsin–Madison campus

Sangha of Thousands of Buddhas Discussion
August 15, 2012

An interview on well-being and the science of meditation with Center Founder Richard Davidson and Sylvia Boorstein

The Science of Compassion: Origins, Measures and Interventions
July 19 to July 22, 2012

Center Founder Richard Davidson explores the science of compassion at event

Encore Academy Evening Talk with Richard Davidson
June 14, 2012

After sell-out April Event, Richard Davidson gives a second talk to the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters

Free the Mind Documentary Q&A
June 6, 2012

Center for Healthy Minds Founder Richard Davidson answers questions about the documentary film

Developmental Contemplative Science Meeting
May 29 to May 30, 2012

The Center for Healthy Minds partakes in meeting on contemplative science

Templeton Prize Ceremony
May 14, 2012

Center Founder Richard Davidson attends Templeton Prize ceremony as guest of the Dalai Lama

International Symposia for Contemplative Studies
April 26 to April 29, 2012

Center Founder Richard Davidson Speaks at Symposia in Denver, CO

Sixth Annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference
April 16, 2012

Earth Day celebration invites Center to participate

Wisconsin Academy Evening Talk
April 3, 2012

Richard Davidson shares his new book at an event in Madison

United Nations High-Level Meeting
April 2, 2012

Center Founder Richard Davidson attends New York City meeting on invitation of the Honorable Prime Minister of Bhutan

Being Human 2012: Science, Philosophy and Your Life
March 24, 2012

What does it mean to be human?

Mind and Life XXIII: Ecology, Ethics and Interdepence
October 17, 2011

Center Founder Richard Davidson participates in series of discussions hosted by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Creating a Mindful Society
September 30 to October 1, 2011

Center Founder Richard Davidson leads keynote for Omega Institute for Holistic Studies

Wisconsin Science Festival 2011
September 22 to September 25, 2011

Center Founder Richard Davidson partakes in annual science festival

Madison Tergar Meditation Group Opening Night
September 13, 2011

Center Founder Richard Davidson kicks off meditation evenings with Tergar Meditation Community

Colorado Integrative Medicine Conference
July 15 to July 17, 2011

Center Founder Richard Davidson keynotes conference on mind-body medicine

Aspen Ideas Festival
June 27 to July 3, 2011

Can happiness be learned?

Center for Healthy Minds and the Waisman Center's Morning with the Experts
May 21, 2011

Center Founder Richard Davidson and scientists share their work with the public at a Waisman Center gathering

The Appleton Compassion Project Live
May 17, 2011

Center Founder examines the science of compassion

Horizon High School Fundraiser
May 16, 2011

Center Founder Richard Davidson shares the neuroscience of brain development

10th Annual International Bioethics Forum
April 28 to April 29, 2011

Center for Healthy Minds supports event, "Manifesting the Mind Further – Explorations of Human Consciousness"

Lubar Institute Symposium - Neuroscience and the Abrahamic Religions
April 28, 2011

How can science and religion influence one another?

17th Annual Wisconsin Symposium on Emotion
April 13 to April 14, 2011

Center Founder Richard Davidson gives update on the neuroscience of well-being for colleagues

Wisconsin Weekend Away
March 25 to March 27, 2011

Neuroscientist Richard Davidson shares latest findings with select UW–Madison group

Happiness Within Reach Conference
February 12, 2011

Center scientist Emma Seppala shares new science on happiness

Brain: The Inside Story Programs
January 27, 2011

Event probes "Living in America: Brain and the Tibetan Creative Mind"

Integrating Clinical and Neuroscience Perspectives on Mindfulness Training in Health and Disease
October 26 to October 27, 2010

Center faculty attend event expanding the study of well-being and contemplative studies

Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know?
October 23, 2010

An evening of science and fun in Madison, WI featuring Center Founder Richard Davidson

Bascom Hill Society Showcase Series
October 12, 2010

Center Founder Richard Davidson is featured faculty during event at the Cincinnatti Observatory

35th Annual National Wellness Conference
July 17 to July 22, 2010

Center Founder Richard Davidson gives keynote address at event focused on well-being challenges facing health professionals

Exploring the Language of Mental Life
July 8 to July 9, 2010

Center Founder Richard Davidson attends conference in Telluride, Colorado

Contemplative Neuroscience Webinar
June 30, 2010

Center faculty shares the latest on the neuroscience of well-being

The Joy of Living with Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
June 4, 2010

Mingyur Rinpoche shares well-being teachings during visit to Center for Healthy Minds

Center for Healthy Minds Grand Opening Celebration, with His Holiness the Dalai Lama
May 15 to May 16, 2010

The official opening of the Center for Healthy Minds

9th Annual International Bioethics Forum
April 22 to April 23, 2010

Center Founder Richard Davidson shares the latest at the intersection of well-being and consciousness at national event

Wisconsin Symposium on Emotion
April 21 to April 22, 2010

Center Founder Richard Davidson speaks at annual symposium on emotion

Sleeping with the Enemy: A Mindful Guide to Sustainable Well-Being
April 21, 2010

A look at sustainable well-being

University Roundtable, University of Wisconsin–Madison
February 10, 2010

Center Founder Richard Davidson kicks off lecture series on campus

Limpitlaw Lecture Series
February 4, 2010

Center Founder Richard Davidson presents a lecture on the science behind well-being and meditation

NCCAM's 10th Anniversary Research Symposium
December 8, 2009

Center Founder Richard Davidson and researchers celebrate and share their latest scientific research from one of their larger grants

Mind & Life XIX: Educating World Citizens for the 21st Century
October 8 to October 9, 2009

Center Founder Richard Davidson and His Holiness the Dalai Lama participate in global dialogue in Washington, D.C.

"What is Human?" Conference
October 1 to October 3, 2009

Center Founder Richard Davidson participates in discussions about what it means to be human

Richard Davidson's Google Tech Talk
September 23, 2009

The Center visits Google to share the latest neuroscientific research

The Wisconsin Academy Evenings Series featuring Richard Davidson
September 15, 2009

Center Founder Richard Davidson presents Happiness 2050: Neuroscience, Education and the Compassionate World Citizen

The Dhamma Brothers Film Screening
March 26, 2009

Center presents screening of documentary film about meditation programs in prisons

CASEL Forum
December 10, 2007

Center Founder Richard Davidson presents "The Heart-Brain Connection: The Neuroscience of Social, Emotional and Academic Learning"