Center researchers constantly search for clues of how the brain works and its impact on our lives, society and the planet.
We’re dedicated to learning about the roots of perception, emotions and well-being because the more we understand, the better positioned we are to craft interventions that promote well-being and relieve suffering in more meaningful and lasting ways.
Our researchers are exploring the frontiers of the mind, drawing from an understanding of genetic, neural and psychological processes, ancient wisdom and contemplative practice to enrich the human experience and find new ways to foster well-being in the world.
Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.
Our researchers are learning more about how very early experiences influence the developing brain and child well-being.
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.
Are people who are better at controlling their attention, emotion or pain responses in a laboratory setting more successful at carrying that skill into daily life?
Scholars at the Center examine perceptions and experiences related to mindfulness and how they contribute to studying differing practices.
Center researchers seek to unearth how the brain processes emotions differently depending on a person’s awareness of what’s causing that emotion.
How do people experience emotions over a period of time and what does that say about their resilience and well-being?
Center for Healthy Minds researchers are examining how emotion may play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Drawing from empathic accuracy tasks and imaging data from an adolescent population, this project explores additional frameworks of empathy that more fully examine two components of empathy.
How does a cognitive training program impact brain development in 6-year-old children?
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.
Our scientists examine how individual differences in emotional reactivity and recovery to emotional stimuli, brain structure and patterns of brain activity are related to life experiences, personality, behavior, health and well-being across the adult lifespan in a large national longitudinal sample.
What drives moral behavior and greater well-being?
How do early experiences shape a person’s chances of developing symptoms associated with depression and anxiety? Center scientists are studying risk factors and longitudinal data to learn more.
How does cognitive and neural processing of stress-related information differ in individuals with a high risk of depression?
How can Buddhist traditions influence the study and practice of mindfulness today?
Center scientists and collaborators examine the impact of well-being training.