How can we set children up for the best success and well-being later in life?
A growing body of evidence points to the importance of emotion regulation early in life for healthy social and decision-making skills throughout the lifespan.
We know the brain changes throughout life, but there are sensitive periods of development when the brain is more pliable – between birth and 2 years of age, between 4 and 6 years of age, and around puberty. These are areas our researchers are especially interested in influencing to promote well-being in children and throughout adulthood.
We’re committed to learning the best ways to promote well-being in expecting mothers, infants, children and families through pioneering research on how the brain develops in the months following birth and in the first years of life. We're studying how curricula such as our mindfulness-based Kindness Curriculum affect children’s social and educational experiences for the better and whether video games may help build skills in empathy and attention.
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Assessing how mindfulness-based training works in classrooms, Center researchers are developing programs for students and children to learn more about how an integrated approach can promote well-being in schools.
Our researchers are learning more about how very early experiences influence the developing brain and child well-being.
What impacts does an in-home parent-child mindfulness training program have on children and their families?
Our researchers are developing and measuring the impact of video games to help children improve attention and develop pro-social behavior.
What impact does well-being curricula have on educators and the students they serve? The Center for Healthy Minds is teaming up with AtentaMente, a Mexico-based group of multidisciplinary professionals, to find out.
How does a cognitive training program impact brain development in 6-year-old children?
How does Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) impact the brains of infants and their mothers?
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.
Center scientists are exploring the bodily changes associated with a specific type of yoga in individuals on the autism spectrum.
How does chronic stress impact a child's social, behavioral and cognitive development?