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.