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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 non-profit AtentaMente are piloting a program to improve school cultures and educators' well-being

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

Can compassion be learned?

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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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Educational Games to Train Middle Schoolers’ Attention, Empathy
May 21, 2012

A new grant will allow researchers to design and rigorously test two educational games

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In New Book, Leading Neuroscientist Describes Your Brain on Emotion
March 5, 2012

Center Founder Richard Davidson authors a new book on the science of emotions

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Study Shows Compassion Meditation Changes the Brain
March 25, 2008

Brain scans of practicing monks reveal impact on circuits used to detect emotions and feelings and others

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UW Scientist Among 100 Most Influential People of 2006
April 30, 2006

Center for Healthy Minds Founder Richard Davidson recognized as part of TIME Magazine's annual list of the most influential people in the world