“L&S enthusiastically welcomes the Center for Healthy Minds into our family of centers and institutes,” says Karl Scholz, dean of L&S. “Revolutionary, life-changing research is happening across our college, and Professor Davidson’s foundational work on the brain, in collaboration with humanists, social scientists and scientists, has long been among the finest examples. I look forward to great advances in cognitive research as groundbreaking explorations continue in L&S.”
Though the Center for Healthy Minds will no longer call the Waisman Center its administrative home, it will keep close ties through collaborations and Davidson’s ongoing involvement in the Brain Imaging Core, a unit that studies the brain and development through imaging techniques such as MRI and PET. Imaging equipment will not be replicated in the new space on West Washington Avenue because of long-term scientific partnerships with the Waisman Center and its established resources.
“We’re deeply appreciative of the support the Waisman Center has given us over the years and are looking forward to continued collaborations and partnerships in the future,” Davidson says.
The new 28,000-square foot space on West Washington Avenue serves as the first step in the Center’s larger plans for establishing a one-of-a-kind place for the study of the underlying constituents of well-being and how it might be cultivated in children and adults in a broad range of settings. The facility includes a large meditation space for research and staff use, a psychophysiology room for data collection, conference rooms, a large multi-purpose gathering room for all-Center functions, and office space for Center students and staff as well as rented space for employees of its newly founded nonprofit Healthy Minds Innovations, Inc.