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$10M gift to Center for Investigating Healthy Minds and School of Education expands faculty and research to help youth flourish


Dottie Jones King and Bob King

Psychological well-being remains one of the most powerful predictors of success and health in life. Yet one in five youth in the United States experience a mental health disorder, a reality that drives research-based solutions at the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center and the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

With a $10 million gift from UW-Madison Alumna Dorothy “Dottie” Jones King (’58) and her husband, Robert “Bob” Eliot King, the university will be able to recruit new interdisciplinary faculty that focus on children and well-being to the Center and the School of Education. Continue reading

Ask An Expert: Investigating Healthy Minds

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Photo: Flickr user Bunches and Bits {Karina}

You asked. We answered.

At the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, we receive thought-provoking questions and commentary from our community daily. We put a selection of questions in front of Center Founder Richard Davidson and Contemplative Expert and Center Graduate Student Cortland Dahl to tackle. Continue reading

Mindfulness and Beyond: How Different Forms of Meditation May Improve Well-Being

Photo: Flickr User Sebastian Wiertz

Photo: Flickr User Sebastian Wiertz

The scientific study of meditation has taught us a great deal about the mind, brain and well-being, but there’s still much to learn. Researchers know the inputs and are beginning to comprehend the outputs, but the mechanisms — what’s going on at a neuroscientific level in the moment — to improve well-being and relieve suffering are just beginning to be understood. Continue reading

Hip-Hop for the Mind

Oakland-based Hip-hop artist JusTme, known off-stage as Timothy Earl Scott Jr., inspires kids and adults alike to look internally to manage emotions and cultivate well-being. Through his original beats and rhymes, he teaches skills such as mindfulness in a way that commands attention. This spring, JusTme visited the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds in Madison to surprise a classroom of fans. The Center asked him about his background and musical motivations. Continue reading

The Growing Mind: How Acting Out in Preschool May Influence Brain Structure Later On


photo: Flickr user Barnaby Wasson

Lying, fighting with others and acting disobediently are behaviors sometimes seen in preschool classrooms, but what sets the brains of children who behave this way apart from those who don’t?

That’s a question Jessica Caldwell, Center for Investigating Healthy Minds collaborator and clinical neuropsychologist at Upper Peninsula Health System-Marquette, set out to answer by unearthing links between early-life behaviors and the size of certain brain structures later in adolescence. Continue reading

Keeping up that positive feeling: the science of savoring emotions


Savoring a beautiful sunset and the positive emotions associated with it can contribute to improved well-being, according to research. But why and how are some people better than others in keeping the feeling alive? Continue reading

Center Photo Contest Finalists

Winners of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds Photo Contest

Our first photo contest has come to an end. We received so many outstanding submissions and found it difficult to pick a winner. But our panel of judges managed to narrow it down to three photos, featured below, which they believe best exemplify attention, compassion, kindness and resilience.

Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to all who participated. Continue reading

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