Center for Investigating Healthy Minds

Our Mission
To cultivate well-being and relieve suffering through a scientific understanding of the mind.

Our Vision
A kinder, more compassionate world

Core Values

Our mission, vision and core values are realized through the following activities to achieve impact:

Community Expectations

Our History
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.

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