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.
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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?
Center researchers seek to unearth how the brain processes emotions differently depending on a person’s awareness of what’s causing that emotion.
Can a mindfulness intervention impact engineering graduate students' creativity and well-being?
In collaboration with Healthy Minds Innovations, this project strives to learn how to teach and measure well-being to scale
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?
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.
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.
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
What are your emotional styles? How does your emotional style influence your well-being?
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.
Is it possible to treat ADHD with Tai Chi, a form of moving meditation?
Center researchers are investigating possible ways to prevent teacher burnout in the classroom.
Examining how therapist differences impact client outcomes
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.
Evaluating how organizations serving veterans impacted mental health treatment engagement
Center scientists and collaborators examine the impact of well-being training.