News: Mind, Brain And Emotion
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
A new study is the first to suggest that the long-term practice of meditation may slow down the epigenetic clock in immune cells
Researchers are discovering what happens in the brain when emotional spillover occurs and, for the first time, are able to pinpoint areas directly responsible
How do our experiences in childhood shape our brains and coping styles in adulthood?
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
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 partners with Wisconsin School of Business to bring their Cultivating Well-Being curriculum to the workplace
Empathy with both positive and negative emotions may be equally effective in inspiring altruism
Research suggests breath counting may be one route to improving attention and well-being
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
New research suggests mindfulness meditation may alter how genes are expressed in the body
How long the brain takes to recover from a threat may be an indicator of personality traits like neuroticism
A Center study suggests mindfulness meditation may provide relief from chronic inflammation
High levels of family stress in infancy are linked to differences in everyday brain function and anxiety in teenage girls
What are the costs when our minds wander?
Stress from immediate threats may negatively affect our ability for more complex thinking
Grant from Fetzer Institute allows Davidson's lab to explore the impact of love, other positive qualities on the brain
Brain scans of practicing monks reveal impact on circuits used to detect emotions and feelings and others
Center Founder Richard Davidson is senior author on a study examining differences in the neural circuits responsible for emotional regulation in depressed individuals
Center Founder Richard Davidson, researchers find meditation increases activity in brain regions associated with attention, decision-making
Center Founder Richard Davidson, research group find meditation may have lasting impact on brain's ability to regulate attention
Center Founder Richard Davidson is the senior author of paper on the link between the size of the amygdala and social deficits associated with autism
Center for Healthy Minds Founder Richard Davidson recognized as part of TIME Magazine's annual list of the most influential people in the world
Center Founder Richard Davidson is senior author of a study revealing the over-activation of the brain's emotion processing center associated with negative feelings in children with autism
Study led by Center Founder Richard Davidson comparing brain-oscillation patterns shows higher frequency in brains of long-term Buddhist meditation practitioners than novice students in both meditative and resting states.
Center for Healthy Minds Founder Richard Davidson to direct research on emotional resiliency under 5-year National Institutes of Mental Health grant awarded to group of UW–Madison researchers
Center Founder Richard Davidson is the senior author of a study exploring possible direct link between increased activity in the brain region associated with positive affect and an increase in immune system response
Center founder Richard Davidson and collaborator Ned Kalin examine the effects of antidepressants on the brain
Center Founder Richard Davidson leads study that finds lasting changes in brain, immune system due to participation in short mindfulness meditation program
Center Founder Richard Davidson is co-author of a study on brain activity in clinically depressed individuals that could be used to predetermine the effectiveness of antideppressants
Center Founder Richard Davidson, Dalai Lama, scientists and researchers gather on UW–Madison campus to discuss collaboration, continued scientific research on meditation
At the invitation of Center Founder Richard Davidson, His Holiness the Dalai Lama visits the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus; tours W. M. Keck Laboratory for Functional Brain Imaging and Behavior and attends conference of leading contemplative studies scientists.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama to visit brain imaging laboratory and attend Transformations of Mind, Brain and Emotion conference on UW-Madison campus at invitation of Center Founder Richard Davidson
Study finds breakdown in emotion regulation may lead to impulsive acts of violence
Center for Healthy Minds Founder Richard Davidson is a speaker at UW-Madison's 6th annual Wisconsin Symposium on Emotion
Richard Davidson oversees study exploring differences in brain circuitry and the resulting physiological and emotional responses due to stress in older women
Richard Davidson leading the way for new generation of researchers studying the scientific interplay between emotions and biology