Center for Investigating Healthy Minds

Founded by Richard J. Davidson, PhD, this world-renowned research center, located within the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is dedicated to creating a world in which healthy qualities of mind flourish. A global leader in the emerging field of contemplative neuroscience, the Center conducts rigorous scientific study of healthy qualities of mind in pursuit of research findings that could help relieve human suffering and increase happiness.

The Center is exploring a wide range of ideas from the impact of a kindness curriculum in schools to the power of yoga and meditation in reducing the suffering of military veterans who have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  

Dr. Davidson and his team believe that hard-nosed scientific evidence can help inspire real change—in our own minds as well as in our schools, healthcare systems and throughout the world. The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds relies on philanthropic funding to advance its research endeavors. Together, through visionary thinking and scientific evidence, we can, indeed, change the world.  

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