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Global Leaders in Science, Faith, Medicine and Technology to Gather Virtually for the Fifth International Vatican Conference
April 20, 2021

Center Founder and Director Richard Davidson will speak at The Vatican's Pontifical Council for Culture and The Cura Foundation's Fifth International Vatican Conference on May 7, 2021.

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New Research Network to Measure and Promote Emotional Well-Being
March 16, 2021

The University of Wisconsin–Madison has received a $2.5 million four-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish a research network on the plasticity of well-being and to develop innovative measures of the key pillars of well-being. Faculty and experts from the Center for Healthy Minds are leading the effort.

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Community Partnership and Inclusion at Heart of New Neuroscience Approach
January 13, 2021

A recent paper explored a promising research framework that adapts research on well-being practices such as meditation to be more inclusive to underrepresented groups of people.

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Research provides tools for achieving the “how” of well-being in daily life
December 7, 2020

Researchers at the Center for Healthy Minds introduce a new framework based on scientific evidence that suggests that well-being can be thought of as a set of skills that people can learn through practice in daily life.

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Mobile Mental Health Program Goes Beyond Mindfulness, Shows Promise in Reducing Negative Mental Health Symptoms
December 1, 2020

A new study from researchers at the Center for Healthy Minds and the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison suggests that a fully remote program administered on smartphones can also produce some of the benefits of in-person mindfulness interventions, including a reduction in symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress and an increase in feelings of social connection.

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Researchers Launch Fully Mobile Study on Meditation and Depression
October 29, 2020

A team at the Center for Healthy Minds is starting new research to understand whether a mobile well-being app, the Healthy Minds Program, can improve depression for people living with the condition.

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Virtual Events Explore Science of Well-Being, Feature New Insights from Dalai Lama
September 30, 2020

This year's The World We Make event is free and open to the public, from October 5 - 9, 2020. The nightly virtual events  will explore science of well-being and feature new insights from His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

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Researchers Develop New Metrics for Measuring Mental States During Meditation
September 23, 2020

In a recent collaborative study across institutions, researchers developed a new framework to identify mental states during meditation. This included the focus-on-breath state and mind wandering, and estimates of how much time meditators spend in each state.

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Research Suggests Common Mindfulness Program Unlikely to Cause Harm
August 18, 2020

Researchers at the Center for Healthy Minds found that people who took part in the most common and widely available secular mindfulness program did not experience psychological harm at a rate higher compared to people in control groups who did not take part in the program.

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Sesame Workshop materials help families affected by incarceration
June 12, 2020

A new study from Center faculty member, Dr. Julie Poehlmann-Tynan and other researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison finds that families affected by parental incarceration benefited from resources that Sesame Workshop developed to support them.