Center for Healthy Minds

Located within the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Center for Healthy Minds is a research center dedicated to rigorously studying how healthy qualities of mind can positively impact the well-being of individuals and their communities. CHM Founder Richard J. Davidson, a pioneer in affective neuroscience, and his team of scientists are at the forefront of this emerging hybrid discipline, contemplative neuroscience. The Center investigates whether and how contemplative traditions can physically change our brains and also help us live healthier, happier lives. The Center conducts both basic and translational research and works to translate its findings and the techniques developed from them into accessible tools, practices and information for people, families and communities throughout the world.


Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior

The Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging & Behavior is a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to affective and cognitive neuroscience research with brain imaging. The lab currently is home to faculty with expertise in neuroscience, psychology, physics and statistics. It houses a GE MR750 3T scanner for structural and functional brain imaging, the Siemens EXACT HR+ scanner for human PET studies, a Concorde Microsystems microPET-P4 system for non-human primate PET studies, an NEC tandem van de Graaff ion beam accelerator and radiochemistry labs for the production of PET radiotracers, an MRI simulator room, an MRI preparation room for pre- and post-scan behavioral measures, image processing areas with extensive computing facilities, a fully-equipped experimental suite for combined behavioral and psychophysiological recordings, conference rooms and office space.


Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience

The Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience, located on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, engages in a broad program of research on the brain mechanisms underlying emotion and emotion regulation in normal individuals throughout the life course. The populations we study include normal middle-aged and older adults, infants, toddlers, children and adolescents as well as individuals with various psychiatric disorders. The Lab also studies relations between the central circuitry of emotion and peripheral biology to probe the mechanisms of mind-brain-body interaction. A fundamental part of most of its research is focusing on individual differences in affective style – how and why individuals differ dramatically in how they respond to emotional challenges.


Waisman Center

The Waisman Center is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative diseases. One of only 15 centers of its kind in the United States, the Waisman Center encompasses laboratories for biomedical and behavioral research, a brain imaging center, and a clinical biomanufacturing facility for the production of pharmaceuticals for early stage human clinical trials. In addition to its research efforts, the Center provides an array of services to people with developmental disabilities, offers numerous early intervention, educational, and outreach programs to young children and their families, and trains scientists and clinicians who will serve our nation in the future.