More about Professor Davidson:
Professor Richard J. Davidson is a William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Founder & Director of the Center for Healthy Minds, 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. He is the author (with Sharon Begley) of The Emotional Life of Your Brain (2012) and the author (with Daniel Goleman) of Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body (2017). He was the 2000 recipient of the most distinguished award for science given by the American Psychological Association – the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award.
In addition, he was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2006. He serves on the Scientific Advisory Board at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences from 2011-2020 and current member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Mental Health. In 2017, he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine and in 2018 appointed to the Governing Board of UNESCO’s Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP).
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