Join us for Richard J. Davidson presents a framework for understanding well-being and how it might be cultivated. The framework has been in development for the past five years in the Center for Healthy Minds and includes four pillars of well-being: Awareness, Connection, Insight, and Purpose. Each of these four pillars of well-being exhibits plasticity - each can be nurtured through simple mental exercise. The relevance of the Center's work and the framework specifically for the current pandemic will be highlighted. Finally, some guided practices will be included that can practically be incorporated into our everyday lives.
Richard J. Davidson, PH.D. is the William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry; Founder & Director of the Center for Healthy Minds.
He has published more than 400 articles, numerous chapters and reviews and edited 14 books. He is the author (with Sharon Begley) of “The Emotional Life of Your Brain” published by Penguin in 2012. He is co-author with Daniel Goleman of “Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body”, published by Penguin Books in 2017.
Dr. Davidson is the recipient of numerous awards for his research. His research is broadly focused on the neural bases of emotion and emotional style and methods to promote human flourishing including meditation and related contemplative practices. His studies have included persons of all ages from birth though old age and have also included individuals with disorders of emotion such as mood and anxiety disorders and autism, as well as expert meditation practitioners with tens of thousands of hours of experience. His research uses a wide range of methods including different varieties of MRI, positron emission tomography, electroencephalography, and modern genetic and epigenetic methods.
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