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His Holiness The Dalai Lama And Richard Davidson
Well-Being in Adults
Virtual Events Explore Science of Well-Being, Feature New Insights from Dalai Lama
September 30, 2020

This year's The World We Make event is free and open to the public, from October 5 - 9, 2020. The nightly virtual events  will explore science of well-being and feature new insights from His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

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Well-Being in Adults
Researchers Develop New Metrics for Measuring Mental States During Meditation
September 23, 2020

In a recent collaborative study across institutions, researchers developed a new framework to identify mental states during meditation. This included the focus-on-breath state and mind wandering, and estimates of how much time meditators spend in each state.

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Research Findings
Research Suggests Common Mindfulness Program Unlikely to Cause Harm
August 18, 2020

Researchers at the Center for Healthy Minds found that people who took part in the most common and widely available secular mindfulness program did not experience psychological harm at a rate higher compared to people in control groups who did not take part in the program.

Richard Davidson And Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
Research Findings
Brain scans link meditation to slower “brain-aging” in advanced meditator
March 18, 2020

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.

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Research Findings
Mindfulness-based Training in Preservice Teacher Education Leads to Improvements in Classroom Teaching Practices
February 5, 2020

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.

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Research Findings
Compassion-Based Program for Parents Reduces Their Children’s Stress—Even When It Doesn’t Reduce Parents’ Stress
January 10, 2020

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.