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News: Neuroscience

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New Research Network to Measure and Promote Emotional Well-Being
March 16, 2021

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.

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

Can compassion be learned?

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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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

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Early Stress May Sensitize Girls’ Brains for Later Anxiety
November 11, 2012

High levels of family stress in infancy are linked to differences in everyday brain function and anxiety in teenage girls

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Stress May Delay Brain Development in Early Years
June 6, 2012

Stress may affect brain development in children, according to new research from the Center

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Changing Brains for the Better
April 17, 2012

There are practices that can change our brains for the better, according to new Center research

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Forum Considers Human Consciousness
April 26, 2011

The 10th annual International Bioethics Forum, “Manifesting the Mind,” will explore perspectives on human consciousness at its two-day symposium

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Stress, Anxiety Both Boon and Bane to Brain
January 18, 2011

Stress from immediate threats may negatively affect our ability for more complex thinking

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Depression Saps Endurance of the Brain’s Reward Circuitry
December 21, 2009

Are individuals with depression able to sustain activity in brain areas related to positive emotion?

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Can Meditation Sharpen Our Attention?
November 13, 2009

What does science say about our ability to train attention?

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Faculty Choreographers Collaborate with Campus Colleagues in Concert
October 27, 2009

A collaborative dance project draws from the beauty of neuroscientific imagery

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Can Love Change Your Mind? New Project Explores Neuroscience of ‘Positive Qualities’
September 10, 2008

Grant from Fetzer Institute allows Davidson's lab to explore the impact of love, other positive qualities on the brain

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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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Clinical Depression Linked to Abnormal Emotional Brain Circuits
August 15, 2007

Center Founder Richard Davidson is senior author on a study examining differences in the neural circuits responsible for emotional regulation in depressed individuals

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Brain Scans Show Meditation Changes Minds, Increases Attention
June 25, 2007

Center Founder Richard Davidson, researchers find meditation increases activity in brain regions associated with attention, decision-making

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Meditation May Fine-Tune Control Over Attention
May 8, 2007

Center Founder Richard Davidson, research group find meditation may have lasting impact on brain's ability to regulate attention

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Brain’s ‘Fear Center’ May Underlie Autistic Behaviors
December 12, 2006

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

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Study: Brain Structures Contribute to Asthma Attack Severity
August 29, 2005

Center Founder Richard Davidson is a co-senior author of study revealing link between brain's emotional processing centers and physiological symptoms of asthma

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Study: Eye Contact Triggers Threat Signals in Autistic Children’s Brains
March 7, 2005

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

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Study: Meditation Changes the Brain’s Electrical Pattern
October 16, 2004

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.

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$10.7 Million Grant to Help Unlock What Regulates Emotion
February 19, 2004

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

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Meditation Produces Positive Changes in the Brain
February 6, 2003

Center Founder Richard Davidson leads study that finds lasting changes in brain, immune system due to participation in short mindfulness meditation program

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Brain Images Reveal Effects of Antidepressants
February 6, 2003

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

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Reading the Mind: New Lab Sharpens Brain Imagery
March 30, 2001

Richard Davidson to direct W.M. Keck Laboratory for Functional Brain Imaging and Behavior at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Brain Study Sheds Light on Impulsive Violence
July 27, 2000

Study finds breakdown in emotion regulation may lead to impulsive acts of violence

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Emotion Symposium Set for April 13-14
April 10, 2000

Center for Healthy Minds Founder Richard Davidson is a speaker at UW-Madison's 6th annual Wisconsin Symposium on Emotion

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Mind-Body Research Highlights
September 29, 1999

Richard Davidson oversees study exploring differences in brain circuitry and the resulting physiological and emotional responses due to stress in older women

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UW Research Effort Bringing Emotions into Focus
November 25, 1998

Richard Davidson leading the way for new generation of researchers studying the scientific interplay between emotions and biology