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Well-Being in Adults

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.

Ongoing Studies

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Brief Trainings to Buffer Against Acute Stress Effects

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.

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Cognitive Control and the Regulation of Emotion, Attention and Pain

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?

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Conscious and Unconscious Emotional Processing

Center researchers seek to unearth how the brain processes emotions differently depending on a person’s awareness of what’s causing that emotion.

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Cultivating Creativity and Innovation in Engineering Graduate Students

Can a mindfulness intervention impact engineering graduate students' creativity and well-being?

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Developing a Program to Learn and Measure Well-Being at Scale

In collaboration with Healthy Minds Innovations, this project strives to learn how to teach and measure well-being to scale

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Educator Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Understanding how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting educators’ lives and whether a mindfulness-based program buffers against the negative effects of stress.

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Examining the Relationship Between Emotion and Preclinical Alzheimer’s Disease

Center for Healthy Minds researchers are examining how emotion may play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s Disease.

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Exploring Hyperthermia as an Alternative Treatment for Depression

Is hyperthermia a viable and effective treatment for depression?

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Exploring New Frameworks of Empathy

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.

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Exploring the Effects of Mindfulness Training on Police Officer Resilience and Well-Being

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.

Hmp Follow Up Study
Healthy Minds Program Promoting Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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.

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Impact of Experiential Curricula and Methods to Nurture Well-Being

Center experts are developing assessments and tools that examine ways to cultivate well-being across a variety of people and contexts.

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Large-Scale Analyses of the Effectiveness of Mindfulness-Based Interventions

Examining the effectiveness of mindfulness-based interventions across research literature

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Learning How Emotional Styles Affect Well-Being

What are your emotional styles? How does your emotional style influence your well-being?

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Measuring Well-Being

Center researchers are developing a program to teach scientifically-informed practices and principles that facilitate well-being.

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Midlife Development in the United States

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.

Nccam Asthma Follow Up
Mindfulness-Based Training and Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Examining whether experience with mindfulness-based programs and training is helping people cope with daily stress and mental challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Moving Towards Well-Being With Tai Chi

Is it possible to treat ADHD with Tai Chi, a form of moving meditation?

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Pre-Service Teachers Project

Center researchers are investigating possible ways to prevent teacher burnout in the classroom.

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Predicting the Effectiveness of Therapists

Examining how therapist differences impact client outcomes

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Reducing Stress through Yoga for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

Center scientists are exploring the bodily changes associated with a specific type of yoga in individuals on the autism spectrum.

Smiling Faces Study
Smiling Faces Task and Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Following up with past research participants about the pandemic's impact on their lives and their current psychological outlook.

Sfi Research
Student Flourishing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Determining whether there are protective effects of learning well-being skills on stress during crises.

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The Student Flourishing Initiative

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.

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Understanding Barriers to Well-Being in Veterans

Evaluating how organizations serving veterans impacted mental health treatment engagement

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Understanding the Mechanisms of Well-Being Training in Adults with and without Asthma

Center scientists and collaborators examine the impact of well-being training.