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.
Focusing on how global challenges can bring out the best in our humanity
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.
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.
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.
Youth with bipolar depression responded better to an antipsychotic medicine if they had increased markers of inflammation in their blood
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wisconsin Public Television has collaborated with the Center for Healthy Minds to offer Kindness in the Classroom.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
New research points to evidence of increased cognitive complexity as children grow up that effects prosocial behavior
When stress levels in the mind and body are in sync, a person is more likely to have higher levels of well-being
A new program from Healthy Minds Innovations, the nonprofit affiliated with the Center for Healthy Minds, brings well-being skills to workplaces
Faculty member Simon Goldberg shares research about mental health treatment delays in the U.S. veteran population
Mindfulness meditation is helpful for mental health treatment, but more research is needed
Healthy Minds Innovations launches a new research partnership to support adolescent well-being
Faculty member Julie Poehlmann-Tynan explores the impacts of parent-child separation
When stressed, brief meditation practices work differently and not all are equally helpful
Center founder Richard Davidson participated in a roundtable organized by the NIH about the future of emotional well-being
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
The Center and Mexico-based nonprofit AtentaMente are piloting a program to improve school cultures and educators' well-being
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
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
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
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
Can video games teach prosocial skills such as empathy? A new study from the Center for Healthy Minds suggests that it's possible
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
Two weeks of compassion meditation training may reduce distress and improve a person’s ability to look at others who are suffering
Center for Healthy Minds professor Julie Poehlmann-Tynan has received funding to improve outcomes for children's visits with their incarcerated parents
A new research project will address what experiences affect brain development during the first two years of life for disadvantaged children.
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
New research suggests that expectant mothers' mental health symptoms during pregnancy may affect their infants' brain development
Richard Davidson shares the latest research on why experience matters at the 2018 American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Austin, Texas
Center researchers are investigating cross-talk between the brain and lungs of people with asthma to understand how psychological stress can make asthma worse
A new study will bring a better scientific understanding of the unique stressors facing police officers
A Center team is examining the quality of meditation research across time to look at whether study designs are improving
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
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
A new study is the first to suggest that the long-term practice of meditation may slow down the epigenetic clock in immune cells
The Center is releasing its mindfulness-based “Kindness Curriculum” for teachers and parents to implement with their preschoolers
Researchers find a steady decrease in references to the natural world in music, literature and film
Researchers are discovering what happens in the brain when emotional spillover occurs and, for the first time, are able to pinpoint areas directly responsible
Graduate students who underwent the intervention reported an increase in personal qualities associated with creativity
Our Center's research findings suggest mindfulness training that addresses fear and pain during childbirth improves childbirth experiences and lessens depression symptoms
How do our experiences in childhood shape our brains and coping styles in adulthood?
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
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
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
The Center continues to grow with its transition to a new building and the College of Letters and Science
Does meditation change the brain, even during sleep? Does awareness shape how we perceive emotions?
Center for Healthy Minds Scientist Jeanette Mumford shares how statistics play a role in neuroscience research
Center faculty member John Dunne fosters cross-disciplinary connections that lead to revolutionary research
Center for Healthy Minds studies explore the influence of the brain on inflammatory diseases such as asthma
A pilot study from the Center will explore the impact of mindfulness-based practices on officers’ physical and mental well-being
How can long-term meditation practice - and especially intensive training - have a lasting impact on practitioners in their everyday lives?
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
Center scientists use brain imaging to reveal the complexity, range of response, and symptoms for individuals with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
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
Compassion – and intentionally cultivating it through training – may lead us to do more to help the wronged than to punish the wrongdoer
The Center partners with the UW School of Ed to reduce teacher burnout
Gift enables research investigating mental health for at-risk youth
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?
New research on the relationship between savoring positive emotions and overall well-being
Center researchers and scholars are just beginning to explore how meditation affects well-being
See how well-being inspires these photos from the Center's photography contest
The Center for Healthy Minds partners with Wisconsin School of Business to bring their Cultivating Well-Being curriculum to the workplace
Center scientists examine how brain develops in first two years of life
A generous gift will enable the Center for Healthy Minds and UW–Madison School of Education to study child development and well-being
Empathy with both positive and negative emotions may be equally effective in inspiring altruism
Over the course of 12 weeks, twice a week, prekindergarten students learned their ABCs - attention, breath and body and caring practice
Research suggests breath counting may be one route to improving attention and well-being
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
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
Research suggests people who experience chronic marital stress are less able to savor positive experiences – a hallmark of depression
Can cues in our environment we're unaware of shape our behavior and emotions toward others?
New research suggests mindfulness meditation may alter how genes are expressed in the body
Finding meaning from life’s experiences may play a role in our ability to regulate our emotions, research suggests
Can we teach positive qualities of mind through video games?
A new grant will support initiatives to help determine whether meditation produces long-lasting changes in the brain
Researchers look at how early experience impacts the development and function of the human brain
Teachers who practice mindfulness may be better able to reduce their own levels of stress and prevent burnout
Can compassion be learned?
A documentary follows Center Founder Richard Davidson's journey in understanding the mind and well-being
The Center organizes a series of panel discussions with thought leaders from a variety of fields, including neuroscience, economics and sustainability
How can we explore digital technologies such as video games as ways to improve well-being in kids?
How long the brain takes to recover from a threat may be an indicator of personality traits like neuroticism
A new study at the Center is studying how alternative programs may help veterans experiencing PTSD
A Center study suggests mindfulness meditation may provide relief from chronic inflammation
Meditation can change the way a person experiences pain, according to a new study by the Center