Given the brain’s ability to change in response to experience and training, our research suggests that just like learning to play an instrument, we can also learn well-being.
Center researchers are working in collaboration with experts in curriculum development, video games and apps in efforts to promote well-being, with a focus on areas such as childhood development and the workplace. To measure the impact of these tools, scientists devise novel assessments and unique ways to track what works, what doesn’t work – and why.
In addition, our researchers seek to understand the impact of existing well-being practices and tools on well-being. For instance, why do programs such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) work for some people but not for others? Can we parse why a particular well-being intervention is effective? Our scientists and scholars answer these questions by examining cognitive and emotional processes, neural mechanisms in the brain, epigenetic markers, physical health and inflammatory processes for commonly used practices.
Assessing how mindfulness-based training works in classrooms, Center researchers are developing programs for students and children to learn more about how an integrated approach can promote well-being in schools.
Center scientists are evaluating and comparing the effectiveness of brief trainings to buffer against the negative effects that acute stress has on behavior and cognitive abilities.
Center scientists are conducting a pilot study with the Madison Police Department to investigate the impact of an eight-week mindfulness training program on police officers' physical and mental health.
Our researchers are developing and measuring the impact of video games to help children improve attention and develop pro-social behavior.
Center researchers are developing a program to teach scientifically-informed practices and principles that facilitate well-being.
Center experts are developing assessments and tools that examine ways to cultivate well-being across a variety of people and contexts.
Center researchers and collaborators are building new approaches to understand the links between traditional contemplative perspectives and scientific theory to better study the scientific effects of meditation training on the brain, body, mind and behavior.
Center researchers are investigating possible ways to prevent teacher burnout in the classroom.
Center scientists are exploring the bodily changes associated with a specific type of yoga in individuals on the autism spectrum.
Center for Healthy Minds researchers, along with partners at Pennsylvania State University and the University of Virginia, are creating and studying the impact of a well-being curriculum for college freshman.
Center scientists and collaborators examine the impact of well-being training.