Center for Investigating Healthy Minds
To cultivate well-being and relieve suffering through a scientific understanding of the mind.
A kinder, more compassionate world
- Scientific rigor
- A spirit of continuous learning
- Interdisciplinary collaboration
- Deep respect for all individuals
- Shared responsibility for making constructive contributions among all members of the community
- Cultivating gratitude
Our mission, vision and core values are realized through the following activities to achieve impact:
- Conducting rigorous scientific research that increases our understanding about the mind and well-being
- Applying the findings of this basic research and conducting translational research with real people in real life settings to measure the impact of interventions aimed at cultivating well-being
- Disseminating research-based tools designed to build skills that cultivate well-being
- Communicating these findings to the world
- Engaging people in nurturing well-being for themselves and others
- Inspiring and igniting more research and a shift in culture to support practices that cultivate well-being
Founded by world-renowned neuroscientist Richard J. Davidson, the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds (CIHM) at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a global leader in conducting novel research that has revolutionized how we understand the mind, our emotions, and how to nurture well-being for ourselves and others.
In 1992, the Dalai Lama personally challenged Dr. Davidson to investigate how well-being could be nurtured through the insights from neuroscience. His Holiness believes that “All humans have an innate desire to overcome suffering and find happiness.” This launched a robust series of research studies and new discoveries have emerged about how the mind works and how well-being can be cultivated.
Since then, Dr. Davidson and his team have made remarkable progress by publishing hundreds of scientific articles and leading the world in this field of research. No other organization has the visionary leadership, immense body of successful research to build upon, top of the line neuroimaging technology backed by one of the world’s top learning institutions, the University of Wisconsin – Madison.