Meditation matters. Brain scientists are using the age-old practice to understand stress and pain reduction, attention spans, even compassion.
Can we train ourselves to be compassionate? A new study suggests the answer is yes. Cultivating compassion and kindness through meditation affects brain regions that can make a person more empathetic to other peoples’ mental states, say researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The building is locked. Most of the windows are dark. But in a small room on the first floor of the Waisman Center, a group of four is gathered around Richard Davidson.
By Dave Tenenbaum, University Communications For hundreds of years, Tibetan monks and other religious people have used meditation to calm the mind and improve concentration. This week, a new study shows exactly how one common …
Everyday experience and psychology research both indicate that paying close attention to one thing can keep you from noticing something else.
In the first scientific article to come from its pioneering studies of long-term Buddhist meditation practitioners, a UW-Madison team has found that long-term meditators (or “adepts”) show markedly different patterns of brain electrical oscillations compared to a group with no previous meditative experience, when both of them generated a standard meditative practice.
The search for happiness can take many paths.
The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters has announced it’s 2004 selections Wisconsin Academy Fellows. This is a formal recognition conferred upon men and women of extraordinary accomplishment in their fields. The Fellows will …
Even though we all experience similar emotions, we respond to them in different ways.
The article, “The Science of Happiness,” showcases Davidson’s research on the brain mechanisms that underlie emotions. In particular, Davidson has worked with Buddhist Monks, including the Dalai Lama, to document how meditation affects individuals both …