Just as we can improve our physical health with regular exercise, we can improve our emotional well-being with a training program for the mind. At Wisconsin Idea Spotlight: Human Flourishing and the Mind-Body Connection, join neuroscientist and founder of the Center for Healthy Minds Professor Richard Davidson and chair of the UW Department of Family Medicine and Community Health Professor David Rakel as they discuss the elements of our health we can’t see or touch, but that we certainly still feel. Learn about neuroplasticity and how research in the lab confirms that, by learning and practicing the well-being skills associated with awareness, connection, insight, and purpose, anyone can have a healthier mind, regardless of their external circumstances. This event is presented in partnership with the Center for Healthy Minds and the UW Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.
This is a free event, but registration is required, as space is limited.
|5–6 p.m.||Registration and reception in Sunset Lounge across from Shannon Hall (in person only)|
|6–7:30 p.m.||Program with audience Q & A in Shannon Hall (in person and livestreamed)|
About the panelists
Richard Davidson (he/him)
Richard Davidson is the William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is the founder of the Center for Healthy Minds and Healthy Minds Innovations. Davidson is best known for his groundbreaking work studying emotion and the brain. His research is broadly focused on the neural bases of emotion and emotional style as well as methods to promote human flourishing, including meditation and related contemplative practices. Davidson coauthored Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body and The Emotional Life of Your Brain. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, founding coeditor of the American Psychological Association journal Emotion, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters.
David Rakel (he/him)
David Rakel is the Esther Millard Endowed Professor and chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health in the UW’s School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH). He is also the founder and former director of the University of Wisconsin Integrative Medicine (now Integrative Health) Program. He is the author of a book on the power of the therapeutic relationship titled The Compassionate Connection, and he has received funding from the National Institutes of Health to study the clinician effect and to incorporate healing modalities into medical school curricula. Rakel has been awarded the Leonard Tow Faculty Compassion Award and has been elected to the Gold Humanism Medical Society.
This program is supported by the generosity of the Sandra G. Sponem Alumni Park Signature Program Series Fund and Capitol Lakes.
The Wisconsin Alumni Association will follow the latest public health guidance from local authorities and the CDC to ensure the health and safety of our guests at this in-person event. If changing conditions or local guidelines require changes to the event, we will update you via email or phone call.