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Brain scans link meditation to slower “brain-aging” in advanced meditator
March 18, 2020

In a recent study, the brain of monk and long-time meditator Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, who was 41 years old at the time, looked eight years younger than his actual age. The possibility that a person’s “brain-age” might be affected by meditation adds to a growing list of how mental training may yield lasting changes.

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COVID-19 and Our Common Humanity
March 16, 2020

Focusing on how global challenges can bring out the best in our humanity

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Ease your mind by being mindful
February 14, 2020

A college student’s mind is constantly in motion. There are classes, homework, a social life, work, and more. But there’s growing research showing that we can all benefit from taking a few moments each day to, well, live in the moment. Center Postdoctoral Research Associate Matt Hirshberg answers questions about how mindfulness can help college students ease their mind.

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Mindfulness-based Training in Preservice Teacher Education Leads to Improvements in Classroom Teaching Practices
February 5, 2020

A recent paper published by researchers at the Center for Healthy Minds shows that mindfulness training for preservice teachers leads to improvements in effective classroom teacher practices.

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Compassion-Based Program for Parents Reduces Their Children’s Stress—Even When It Doesn’t Reduce Parents’ Stress
January 10, 2020

A new study shows that the young children of parents who take part in a compassion-based training program develop lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol over time.

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Inflammation Predicts Response to Antidepressant Medication
January 2, 2020

Youth with bipolar depression responded better to an antipsychotic medicine if they had increased markers of inflammation in their blood

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Watch Center Founder Richard Davidson's TedXSanFrancisco talk, "How mindfulness changes the emotional life of our brains"
December 18, 2019

Center Founder and Director Richard Davidson spoke at TEDx SanFrancisco in October 2019. Watch the video to hear him speak about the four major challenges facing society and how we can train our minds to thrive - in just 3 minutes a day.

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Early Research Suggests Mindfulness Training Improves Mental Health Outcomes in Police Officers
December 16, 2019

A recent paper published by researchers at the Center for Healthy Minds showed that eight weeks of mindfulness training resulted in reductions in work-related stress, improvements in sleep quality, lower levels of burnout and reduced depression and anxiety in police officers.

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Mindfulness video game changes areas of the brain associated with attention
December 13, 2019

A research team at the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the University of California, Irvine, designed a video game to improve mindfulness and found that playing the game leads to changes in the brain areas underlying attention. 

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Being Well in a Stressed-Out Society
December 11, 2019

In the last decade, rates of anxiety, stress, and depression have increased to unprecedented levels, especially among college students. Angela Barian writes about the Art and Science of Human Flourishing course at UW-Madison, and the additional resources available to UW-Madison students to promote well-being.

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The Path to a Healthy Mind - Healthy Minds Innovations Offers App for Free
October 3, 2019

Center founder Richard Davidson spoke at TEDxSanFrancisco and announced that Healthy Minds Innovations, the external, affiliated nonprofit dedicated to supporting the mission of the Center, is offering the Healthy Minds Program for free to individuals, thanks to the generosity of funders and donors.

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Affiliate Faculty Member Poehlmann-Tynan publishes second edition of Handbook on Children with Incarcerated Parents
October 2, 2019

Center affiliate faculty member, Dr. Julie Poehlmann-Tynan published an update to the groundbreaking book, Handbook on Children with Incarcerated Parents: Research, Policy, and Practice.

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The World We Make: 2019 Celebration
October 1, 2019

We invite you to join us for The World We Make: 2019 gathering this November to celebrate our progress and share exciting new possibilities to create a kinder, wiser, more compassionate world, together.

Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program and national bestselling author, will be our featured speaker.

Donors giving $1,000 or more annually will receive two complimentary registrations to this celebration.

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Wisconsin Public Television Partners with the Center for Healthy Minds in Mindfulness Research For New Educator Resources
September 10, 2019

Wisconsin Public Television has collaborated with the Center for Healthy Minds to offer Kindness in the Classroom.

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New Emotional Style Questionnaire Shows Promise in Capturing Healthy Emotionality
September 3, 2019

The Center for Healthy Minds introduces a new measure that captures people's emotional style that shows promise as a valuable tool for research and clinical purposes. 

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Long-term Meditators May Be Perceived Differently by Strangers Than Those Who Don’t Meditate, Says New Study
August 28, 2019

New research from the Center points to evidence that long-term meditators may be perceived by strangers as less neurotic, more mindful, more conscientious and more comfortable in their own skin.

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Center Welcomes New Faculty Member Melissa Rosenkranz
August 21, 2019

The Center for Healthy Minds welcomes new faculty member Melissa Rosenkranz, who studies neural-immune and biochemical mechanisms by which individual differences in response to emotion alter resilience against disease, as well as the impact of meditation practice on these mechanisms.

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Mindfulness Not Straightforward for Reducing Impulsive Behaviors, Says New Study
August 19, 2019

New research from the Center suggests that mindfulness training in experienced meditators as well as in people new to meditation does not lower certain aspects of impulsivity.

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Mindfulness Training Strengthens Connection Between Brain Networks for Attention Control and Mind-Wandering
August 13, 2019

New research from the Center shows that mindfulness training leads to improvement in networks in the brain that are important for attentional control of mind wandering

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Faith in action: Loka Initiative brings faith leaders and scientists together
July 23, 2019

The faithful are powered by belief; scientists demand proof. What if the two groups joined forces to protect the earth? That's the goal of the Loka Initiative

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Affective Neuroscience: 25 Years of Progress Studying Adversity, Resilience and Psychopathology
July 17, 2019

The 25th Wisconsin Symposium on Emotion was held in April 2019. We review the past 25 years of advances in the field of affective neuroscience

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Kids’ Sharing Behaviors More Complex Than Previously Thought
July 2, 2019

New research points to evidence of increased cognitive complexity as children grow up that effects prosocial behavior

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When Feelings of Stress Align with the Body, People Have Higher Levels of Well-Being
May 10, 2019

When stress levels in the mind and body are in sync, a person is more likely to have higher levels of well-being

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New Program Launches Well-Being Pilots in Workplaces
May 2, 2019

A new program from Healthy Minds Innovations, the nonprofit affiliated with the Center for Healthy Minds, brings well-being skills to workplaces

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New Research Examines If U.S. Veterans Sought Mental Health Treatment Before and After 9/11
March 29, 2019

Faculty member Simon Goldberg shares research about mental health treatment delays in the U.S. veteran population

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Mindfulness Meditation is Useful in Mental Health Treatment, but Evidence for Some Conditions Outpaces Others
February 14, 2019

Mindfulness meditation is helpful for mental health treatment, but more research is needed

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New Partnership Supports Increasing Emotional Well-Being for Teens
February 14, 2019

Healthy Minds Innovations launches a new research partnership to support adolescent well-being

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Researchers Warn Mental Impact of Incarceration and Border Separation on Kids
December 17, 2018

Faculty member Julie Poehlmann-Tynan explores the impacts of parent-child separation

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Brief Meditation Practices Differ in Buffering Against Stress
December 12, 2018

When stressed, brief meditation practices work differently and not all are equally helpful

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Happy and Healthy Communities – What’s Working in Well-Being Research
November 26, 2018

Center founder Richard Davidson participated in a roundtable organized by the NIH about the future of emotional well-being

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Center Research Expands with Arrival of New Faculty Member Simon Goldberg
October 26, 2018

The Center for Healthy Minds welcomes new faculty member Simon Goldberg, who studies the effectiveness of mindfulness-based interventions and explores what works in successful therapist-patient interactions

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New Program Focuses on Well-Being of Educators in Mexico
October 25, 2018

The Center and Mexico-based nonprofit AtentaMente are piloting a program to improve school cultures and educators' well-being

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Karmapa Visits University of Wisconsin-Madison
September 13, 2018

Hosted by the Center for Healthy Minds, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa visited the University of Wisconsin-Madison to discuss how religious leaders could more effectively work with scientists, academics and global experts on addressing environmental and social issues

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Inflammation Biomarker in Blood May Help Predict Effectiveness of Depression Drugs
September 4, 2018

A scientist from the Center for Healthy Minds has discovered a relationship between inflammation in the blood and people’s response to a depression drug

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Mindfulness Workshop May Hold Promise for Former Athletes
August 28, 2018

The Center for Healthy Minds partners with former NFL players for an eight-week workshop to look at how mindfulness practices might impact their lives

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Expectant Mothers’ Mental Health May Shape Neural Highways in Infants’ Brains
August 27, 2018

Findings from the Center for Healthy Minds suggest that expectant mothers' mental health may influence the white matter development in the brain of her child

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Video Game Can Change the Brain, May Improve Empathy in Middle School Children
August 7, 2018

Can video games teach prosocial skills such as empathy? A new study from the Center for Healthy Minds suggests that it's possible

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Meditation Affects Brain Networks Differently in Long-Term Meditators and Novices
July 23, 2018

In one of the largest studies to date on the topic, research from the Center for Healthy Minds suggests that meditation affects the brains of long-term meditators and novices differently

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Training Your Compassion “Muscle” May Boost Brain’s Resilience in the Face of Suffering
May 22, 2018

Two weeks of compassion meditation training may reduce distress and improve a person’s ability to look at others who are suffering

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Enhancing Jail Visits Through Interdisciplinary Interventions
May 14, 2018

Center for Healthy Minds professor Julie Poehlmann-Tynan has received funding to improve outcomes for children's visits with their incarcerated parents

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New Study Examines the Stress of Poverty on Children
May 4, 2018

A new research project will address what experiences affect brain development during the first two years of life for disadvantaged children.

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This Class is Helping First-Year Students Start College Off Right
March 20, 2018

A new course, piloted in conjunction with the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Virginia and Pennsylvania State University, aims to integrate extracurricular learning experiences with intellectual topics in the classroom

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White Matter Matters, Especially for Newborns
February 20, 2018

New research suggests that expectant mothers' mental health symptoms during pregnancy may affect their infants' brain development

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New Approaches in Neuroscience Show It's Not All in Your Head
February 16, 2018

Richard Davidson shares the latest research on why experience matters at the 2018 American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Austin, Texas

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Researchers Investigate How a Stressed Brain Can Make Asthma Worse
November 30, 2017

Center researchers are investigating cross-talk between the brain and lungs of people with asthma to understand how psychological stress can make asthma worse

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Mindful Policing Research Expands with New Grant from National Institute of Justice
November 29, 2017

A new study will bring a better scientific understanding of the unique stressors facing police officers

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Researchers Call Attention to Need for More Rigorous Mindfulness-Based Research
November 15, 2017

A Center team is examining the quality of meditation research across time to look at whether study designs are improving

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Davidson Elected to National Academy of Medicine
October 16, 2017

The National Academy of Medicine, the premier authority dedicated to the health and medical sciences, has nominated Richard Davidson to become a member based on his outstanding professional achievements and commitment to service in the field

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Meditation May Decrease the Risk of Heart Disease
September 28, 2017

Meditation may decrease the risk of heart disease, according to a first-ever statement on the practice issued by the American Heart Association, with contributions from the Center for Healthy Minds

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The Epigenetic Aging Clock Runs Slower in Meditators, Study Suggests
September 8, 2017

A new study is the first to suggest that the long-term practice of meditation may slow down the epigenetic clock in immune cells

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Kindness Curriculum Released for Greater Well-Being in the Classroom
August 28, 2017

The Center is releasing its mindfulness-based “Kindness Curriculum” for teachers and parents to implement with their preschoolers

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A Blow to Well-Being? Nature Words Disappearing from Books, Films and Songs
June 27, 2017

Researchers find a steady decrease in references to the natural world in music, literature and film

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Scientists Find Area of the Brain Responsible for Emotional Spillover
June 16, 2017

Researchers are discovering what happens in the brain when emotional spillover occurs and, for the first time, are able to pinpoint areas directly responsible

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Project Explores How Mindfulness Training Can Boost Creativity and Well-Being in Engineering Grad Students
May 25, 2017

Graduate students who underwent the intervention reported an increase in personal qualities associated with creativity

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Postpartum Depression May be Prevented When Mindfulness is Part of Childbirth Education
May 17, 2017

Our Center's research findings suggest mindfulness training that addresses fear and pain during childbirth improves childbirth experiences and lessens depression symptoms

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Healthy Minds Brief: Twin Research Suggests How Stress Shapes the Adolescent Brain
March 15, 2017

How do our experiences in childhood shape our brains and coping styles in adulthood?

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Pritzker Family Fund Gift Deepens Exploration in Well-Being Across Lifespan
March 2, 2017

The Center for Healthy Minds will deepen its research on well-being across the lifespan, thanks to a gift from the Lisa and John Pritzker Family Fund

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Telling the Tale of Midlife in the United States
January 25, 2017

Center for Healthy Minds researchers lead the neuroscience portion of MIDUS, a national longitudinal study on aging explicitly focused on midlife, including transitions from young adulthood to midlife, and from midlife into old age

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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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​Center for Healthy Minds Flourishes with Transition to Letters & Science and Facility Move
January 13, 2017

The Center continues to grow with its transition to a new building and the College of Letters and Science

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Healthy Minds Brief: Meditation, Sleep, Emotion, Awareness
December 8, 2016

Does meditation change the brain, even during sleep? Does awareness shape how we perceive emotions?

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The Number Game Behind Neuroscience Research
October 17, 2016

Center for Healthy Minds Scientist Jeanette Mumford shares how statistics play a role in neuroscience research

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Meeting of the Minds
September 21, 2016

Center faculty member John Dunne fosters cross-disciplinary connections that lead to revolutionary research

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Mind Over Matter? Mapping the Two-Way Street of the Brain and Immune System
September 1, 2016

Center for Healthy Minds studies explore the influence of the brain on inflammatory diseases such as asthma

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Center for Healthy Minds Teams Up with Madison Police Department to Foster Officer Well-Being
August 23, 2016

A pilot study from the Center will explore the impact of mindfulness-based practices on officers’ physical and mental well-being

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Intensive Meditation Practices Linked to Slower Respiration Rate
August 15, 2016

How can long-term meditation practice - and especially intensive training - have a lasting impact on practitioners in their everyday lives?

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Raising Body Temperature Relieves Depression Symptoms, Small Study Finds
May 11, 2016

A study led by Center faculty member Charles Raison suggests that raising body temperature to the point of a mild fever reduces depression symptoms for up to 6 weeks following a single treatment

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Unique Trauma Calls for Unique Treatments – Backed by Neuroscience
April 28, 2016

Center scientists use brain imaging to reveal the complexity, range of response, and symptoms for individuals with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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14th Dalai Lama to visit Madison for live-streamed event on global well-being
February 23, 2016

The Center for Healthy Minds hosts His Holiness the Dalai Lama and a panel of experts at The World We Make on March 9, 2016 at the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, WI

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A Compassionate Approach Leads to More Help and Less Punishment
December 17, 2015

Compassion – and intentionally cultivating it through training – may lead us to do more to help the wronged than to punish the wrongdoer

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Center Partners with the School of Education to Improve Preservice Teacher Education and Reduce Teacher Burnout
December 1, 2015

The Center partners with the UW School of Ed to reduce teacher burnout

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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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Keeping Up That Positive Feeling
July 23, 2015

New research on the relationship between savoring positive emotions and overall well-being

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Mindfulness and Beyond
July 20, 2015

Center researchers and scholars are just beginning to explore how meditation affects well-being

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Center Photo Contest Winners
July 14, 2015

See how well-being inspires these photos from the Center's photography contest

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UW–Madison Collaboration Promotes Well-Being in the Workplace
July 6, 2015

The Center for Healthy Minds partners with Wisconsin School of Business to bring their Cultivating Well-Being curriculum to the workplace

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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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Feeling the Happiness – Not Pain – of Others Predicts Helpful Behavior
February 24, 2015

Empathy with both positive and negative emotions may be equally effective in inspiring altruism

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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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To Practice Mindfulness, Start by Counting Your Breaths
October 15, 2014

Research suggests breath counting may be one route to improving attention and well-being

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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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It’s Not All Wedded Bliss
April 25, 2014

Research suggests people who experience chronic marital stress are less able to savor positive experiences – a hallmark of depression

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New Study Reveals Critical Role of Conscious Awareness in Regulating Emotional Responses
December 6, 2013

Can cues in our environment we're unaware of shape our behavior and emotions toward others?

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Study Reveals Gene Expression Changes with Meditation
December 4, 2013

New research suggests mindfulness meditation may alter how genes are expressed in the body

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Having a Purpose in Life May Be Protective Against Exposure to Life’s Unpleasantness
November 15, 2013

Finding meaning from life’s experiences may play a role in our ability to regulate our emotions, research suggests

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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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Grant Supports Investigations into Mechanisms of Meditation, Impacts on Health and Well-Being
September 25, 2013

A new grant will support initiatives to help determine whether meditation produces long-lasting changes in the brain

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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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Study Shows Mindfulness Training can Help Reduce Teacher Stress and Burnout
August 28, 2013

Teachers who practice mindfulness may be better able to reduce their own levels of stress and prevent burnout

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Brain Can Be Trained in Compassion, Study Shows
May 22, 2013

Can compassion be learned?

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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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Dalai Lama to Lead ‘Change your Mind Change the World 2013′
March 12, 2013

The Center organizes a series of panel discussions with thought leaders from a variety of fields, including neuroscience, economics and sustainability

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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?

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Response and Recovery in the Brain May Predict Well-Being
February 4, 2013

How long the brain takes to recover from a threat may be an indicator of personality traits like neuroticism

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Veterans Encouraged to Participate in Wellness Study to Help Others Recovering from Combat
January 23, 2013

A new study at the Center is studying how alternative programs may help veterans experiencing PTSD

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Mindfulness Meditation May Provide Relief From Chronic Inflammation
January 16, 2013

A Center study suggests mindfulness meditation may provide relief from chronic inflammation

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Meditation Expertise Changes Experience of Pain
November 15, 2012

Meditation can change the way a person experiences pain, according to a new study by the Center