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at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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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Feeling the Happiness – Not Pain – of Others Predicts Helpful Behavior

The idea of putting yourself in another person’s shoes has been a hallmark of empathy, but whether you’re relating to negative or positive emotion matters, too, according to researchers at the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds (CIHM) at the Waisman Center, UW–Madison.

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‘Kindness Curriculum’ Boosts School Success in Preschoolers

Watch Richard Davidson discuss this project at the 2015 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

Over the course of 12 weeks, twice a week, the prekindergarten students learned their ABCs. Attention, breath and body, caring practice — clearly not the standard letters of the alphabet.

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