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News: Well-Being In Adults

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Inflammation Biomarker in Blood May Help Predict Effectiveness of Depression Drugs
September 4, 2018

A scientist from the Center for Healthy Minds has discovered a relationship between inflammation in the blood and people’s response to a depression drug

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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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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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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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Researchers Investigate How a Stressed Brain Can Make Asthma Worse
November 30, 2017

Center researchers are investigating cross-talk between the brain and lungs of people with asthma to understand how psychological stress can make asthma worse

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Mindful Policing Research Expands with New Grant from National Institute of Justice
November 29, 2017

A new study will bring a better scientific understanding of the unique stressors facing police officers

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Meditation May Decrease the Risk of Heart Disease
September 28, 2017

Meditation may decrease the risk of heart disease, according to a first-ever statement on the practice issued by the American Heart Association, with contributions from the Center for Healthy Minds

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A Blow to Well-Being? Nature Words Disappearing from Books, Films and Songs
June 27, 2017

Researchers find a steady decrease in references to the natural world in music, literature and film

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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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Postpartum Depression May be Prevented When Mindfulness is Part of Childbirth Education
May 17, 2017

Our Center's research findings suggest mindfulness training that addresses fear and pain during childbirth improves childbirth experiences and lessens depression symptoms

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Mind Over Matter? Mapping the Two-Way Street of the Brain and Immune System
September 1, 2016

Center for Healthy Minds studies explore the influence of the brain on inflammatory diseases such as asthma

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Center for Healthy Minds Teams Up with Madison Police Department to Foster Officer Well-Being
August 23, 2016

A pilot study from the Center will explore the impact of mindfulness-based practices on officers’ physical and mental well-being

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Raising Body Temperature Relieves Depression Symptoms, Small Study Finds
May 11, 2016

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

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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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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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Keeping Up That Positive Feeling
July 23, 2015

New research on the relationship between savoring positive emotions and overall well-being

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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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Feeling the Happiness – Not Pain – of Others Predicts Helpful Behavior
February 24, 2015

Empathy with both positive and negative emotions may be equally effective in inspiring altruism

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To Practice Mindfulness, Start by Counting Your Breaths
October 15, 2014

Research suggests breath counting may be one route to improving attention and well-being

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It’s Not All Wedded Bliss
April 25, 2014

Research suggests people who experience chronic marital stress are less able to savor positive experiences – a hallmark of depression

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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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Study Reveals Gene Expression Changes with Meditation
December 4, 2013

New research suggests mindfulness meditation may alter how genes are expressed in the body

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Having a Purpose in Life May Be Protective Against Exposure to Life’s Unpleasantness
November 15, 2013

Finding meaning from life’s experiences may play a role in our ability to regulate our emotions, research suggests

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Grant Supports Investigations into Mechanisms of Meditation, Impacts on Health and Well-Being
September 25, 2013

A new grant will support initiatives to help determine whether meditation produces long-lasting changes in the brain

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Study Shows Mindfulness Training can Help Reduce Teacher Stress and Burnout
August 28, 2013

Teachers who practice mindfulness may be better able to reduce their own levels of stress and prevent burnout

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International Film Circuit Presents 'Free the Mind'
April 8, 2013

A documentary follows Center Founder Richard Davidson's journey in understanding the mind and well-being

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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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Veterans Encouraged to Participate in Wellness Study to Help Others Recovering from Combat
January 23, 2013

A new study at the Center is studying how alternative programs may help veterans experiencing PTSD

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Mindfulness Meditation May Provide Relief From Chronic Inflammation
January 16, 2013

A Center study suggests mindfulness meditation may provide relief from chronic inflammation

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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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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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A Wandering Mind Reveals Mental Processes and Priorities
March 15, 2012

What are the costs when our minds wander?

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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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How Does the Compassionate Brain, Measured in the Lab, Predict What Occurs in Real Life?
February 1, 2012

The John Templeton Foundation gives a grant to the Center to study virtues such as altruism and compassion

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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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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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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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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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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