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News: Well-Being In Children

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At the Intersection of Kindness and Science, Center Team Gets to Sesame Street
January 19, 2017

Sesame Street, one of the most beloved and longest-standing children's shows, is emphasizing kindness in its upcoming season with the help of the Center for Healthy Minds

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Gift Expands Faculty and Research to Help Youth Flourish
October 6, 2015

Gift enables research investigating mental health for at-risk youth

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The Growing Mind
July 23, 2015

Lying, fighting with others and acting disobediently are behaviors sometimes seen in preschool classrooms, but what sets the brains of children who behave this way apart from those who don’t?

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Mother-Infant Study Searches for Insight Into Early Development
May 29, 2015

Center scientists examine how brain develops in first two years of life

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Kellner Gift to Bolster Synergy Between School of Education, Center for Healthy Minds
March 23, 2015

A generous gift will enable the Center for Healthy Minds and UW–Madison School of Education to study child development and well-being

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‘Kindness Curriculum’ Boosts School Success in Preschoolers
January 23, 2015

Over the course of 12 weeks, twice a week, prekindergarten students learned their ABCs - attention, breath and body and caring practice

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Center for Healthy Minds and Madison Schools Team Up to Train Mindfulness Muscles
July 1, 2014

The Center received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, in partnership with the Madison Metropolitan School District, to study well-being and mindfulness-based skills in the classroom

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Early Life Stress can Leave Lasting Impacts on the Brain
June 27, 2014

Scientists at the Center are exploring how stressors like poverty, neglect and physical abuse experienced in early life may alter critical areas of the brain later in life

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Local Middle School Students Invited To Participate in Research Study Involving Video Games
September 30, 2013

Can we teach positive qualities of mind through video games?

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Studies to Shed Light on How Early Experience Impacts Brain Development to Illuminate the Arc of Mental Illness
September 11, 2013

Researchers look at how early experience impacts the development and function of the human brain

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International Film Circuit Presents 'Free the Mind'
April 8, 2013

A documentary follows Center Founder Richard Davidson's journey in understanding the mind and well-being

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Center Researchers Urge the Development of Digital Games to Improve Brain Function and Well-Being
February 28, 2013

How can we explore digital technologies such as video games as ways to improve well-being in kids?

Photo of girl laying on a couch by Sodanie Chea via Flickr
Early Stress May Sensitize Girls’ Brains for Later Anxiety
November 11, 2012

High levels of family stress in infancy are linked to differences in everyday brain function and anxiety in teenage girls

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Stress May Delay Brain Development in Early Years
June 6, 2012

Stress may affect brain development in children, according to new research from the Center

Photo of child playing with tablet by Brad Flicklinger via Flickr
Educational Games to Train Middle Schoolers’ Attention, Empathy
May 21, 2012

A new grant will allow researchers to design and rigorously test two educational games

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Study: Eye Contact Triggers Threat Signals in Autistic Children’s Brains
March 7, 2005

Center Founder Richard Davidson is senior author of a study revealing the over-activation of the brain's emotion processing center associated with negative feelings in children with autism