Founded by world renowned neuroscientist Dr. Richard J. Davidson, the Center for Healthy Minds envisions a kinder, wiser, more compassionate world.
Our mission is to cultivate well-being and relieve suffering through a scientific understanding of the mind.
Groundbreaking Research with
We explore well-being across the lifespan – from pregnancy to old age.
Examining Individual Differences in Contemplative Practice Response
This study seeks to build upon knowledge from Tibetan medicine through examining...
The Field Study of Long-term Meditation Practitioners and the Tukdam Post-death Meditative State
A global community of field researchers are collaborating on a study of an...
Evaluating the Healthy Minds Program Application in a Fully Remote Randomized Controlled Trial
Exploring whether meditation training via mobile technology (e.g., smartphones) could dramatically increase access...
Body Awareness, Mindfulness and Mind-Body Coherence
How does the relationship between mental and physical stress impact well-being?
Smiling Faces Task and Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Following up with past research participants about the pandemic's impact on their lives...
Cool Class: This Course is Improving Students’ Mental Health
The Art & Science of Human Flourishing is a collaborative course that helps...
Feeling like Barbie? Here are tips for finding purpose in the real world, based on science
In this summer's blockbuster movie of the same name, Barbie stares down an...
Study to launch: Can Smartphone-based meditation training ease adolescent depression?
Can a free smartphone-based meditation app could help reduce adolescent depression?
Center for Healthy Minds at UW–Madison to launch research on connection between asthma and Alzheimer’s disease
Chronic inflammatory diseases can compromise brain health and increase dementia risk, but why...
Center for Healthy Minds will research machine learning predictions of well-being
Researchers are working on one possible solution that leverages artificial intelligence to deliver...
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Featured Giving Opportunity: $100,000 Legacy Challenge
Our work to create a kinder, wiser, more compassionate world continues – and this year, in honor of our 10-year anniversary, a generous donor is offering a $100,000 legacy gift challenge to mark the occasion.
Now more than ever, your legacy gift commitment will advance the Center’s mission, expand our research, and ensure our collective work continues to have impact for years to come. We only have a few more to go to complete our goal! Learn more.
Well-Being is a Skill
For us, well-being is more than a buzzword. The more we understand ourselves and our emotions, the more we can do to create a kinder, wiser, more compassionate world. In partnership with an affiliated, external nonprofit Healthy Minds Innovations, we build tools to improve well-being in the workplace, schools and beyond.