The brain continues to change based on experience throughout the lifespan, even well into late adulthood. Center scientists are identifying the biological and behavioral underpinnings of well-being with a variety of techniques such as brain imaging, molecular biology and behavioral assessments.
The Center conducts research in young, midlife and older adults, drawing from some longitudinal studies in order to carefully track age-related changes related to well-being across life.
Journal of Affective Disorders, 351, 194-201. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2024.01.197 NIHMS ID: NIHMS1968667
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?
In collaboration with Healthy Minds Innovations, this project strives to learn how to teach and measure well-being to scale
Understanding how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting educators’ lives and whether a mindfulness-based program buffers against the negative effects of stress.
Exploring whether meditation training via mobile technology (e.g., smartphones) could dramatically increase access to potentially beneficial practices.
This study seeks to build upon knowledge from Tibetan medicine through examining well-being data and microbiome measures on a variety of people with varying levels of meditation training who have participated in previous intervention studies to gain a better understanding of what works for whom and why.
Center for Healthy Minds researchers are examining how emotion may play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Is hyperthermia a viable and effective treatment for depression?
The goals of this work are to understand the impact of mindfulness training on police officer well-being and the well-being of people negatively affected by policing.
Seeking to understand whether large-scale interventions such as the Healthy Minds Program may have a protective effect against stress and mental health challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Center experts are developing assessments and tools that examine ways to cultivate well-being across a variety of people and contexts.
Examining the effectiveness of mindfulness-based interventions across research literature
Center researchers are developing a program to teach scientifically-informed practices and principles that facilitate well-being.
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.
Examining whether experience with mindfulness-based programs and training is helping people cope with daily stress and mental challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Center researchers are investigating possible ways to prevent teacher burnout in the classroom.
Examining how therapist differences impact client outcomes
Following up with past research participants about the pandemic's impact on their lives and their current psychological outlook.
Determining whether there are protective effects of learning well-being skills on stress during crises.
A global community of field researchers are collaborating on a study of an ancient monastic post-mortem meditative state known as tukdam, practiced by present-day expert Tibetan Buddhists and how such a practice might offer insight into mental, spiritual, and physical well-being during the death process, both for the dying and for their support community.
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.
Evaluating how organizations serving veterans impacted mental health treatment engagement
Center scientists and collaborators examine the impact of well-being training.