2018 Research Symposium
Join us for our 7th Annual Research Symposium
May 9th & 10th
Early bird registration now open!
Dr. Richard J. Davidson
“Cultivating social connection: Perspectives from contemplative neuroscience”
Richard Davidson is the William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Founder & Director of the Center for Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Davidson’s 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. He has published over 390 articles, numerous chapters and reviews and edited 14 books. He is the author (with Sharon Begley) of “The Emotional Life of Your Brain” published in 2012 and co-author with Daniel Goleman of “Altered Traits” published in 2017. In 2017 he was elected a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the premier authority dedicated to the health and medical sciences.
Abstract: This talk will consider scientific evidence that suggests that we can change our brains by transforming our minds and cultivate habits of mind that will improve well-being. The talk will focus on those qualities of mind that nurture social connection and that build on innate basic goodness. These qualities include gratitude, appreciation, kindness and compassion. Each of these characteristics is instantiated in brain circuits that exhibit plasticity and thus can be shaped and modified by experience and training. Mental training to cultivate social connection has profound implications for education, the workplace and human development.
Join us for two days of stimulating talks from the leading edge of psychology, neurology, sociology – all of which feed our understanding of children’s wellbeing and development. We’ll be adding more speakers as they are confirmed. If you’ve never been to our previous Symposia, have a look at the calibre of speakers we pull in each year. Our Symposium will be a source of inspiration and motivation for anyone who works with, deals with, or is raising children.
Photo of Richard Davidson courtesy of Center for Healthy Minds – University of Wisconsin-Madison