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Richard J. Davidson

Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D., is the Founder of the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 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 people of all ages from birth through old age and 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 magnetic resonance imaging, positron emission tomography, electroencephalography, and modern genetic and epigenetic methods.