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at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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

Mother-Infant Study Searches for Insight Into Early Development


Research Specialist Corrina Frye works with families participating in the study, allowing the team to glean information about early brain development.


For participants in the Center’s Baby Behavior and Brain Project, naptime isn’t just a break for new moms. Continue reading

Kellner Gift to Bolster Synergy Between School of Ed, Center for Investigating Healthy Minds

UW-Madison alumni Mary and Ted Kellner have decided to strengthen their ongoing support of the university and its School of Education by providing a generous gift of $1.5 million that will establish a new Distinguished Chair position.

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