This week on Healthy You Radio our guest is Dr. Richard Davidson. He is a renowned neuroscientist and one of the world’s leading experts on the impact of contemplative practices, such as meditation, on the brain. He is the founder and chair of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
He is perhaps best known for his groundbreaking work in studying emotion and the brain. A friend and confidante of the Dalai Lama, he is a highly sought after expert and speaker internationally. Time magazine named him one of the most influential people in the world in 2006.
Dr. Davidson has published hundreds of scientific papers and edited 14 books. A New York Times bestselling author, he has been featured widely in popular media, including ABC’s Nightline, National Public Radio, Time magazine, Newsweek, O, the Oprah magazine, PBS’s the Charlie Rose Show, Harvard Business Review, and many other national and international news outlets.
Dr. Davidson is the William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Director of the Waisman Brain Imaging Lab and the Lab for Affective Neuroscience – all at the UW-Madison, where he has been a faculty member since 1984.
His latest book is, “The Emotional Life of Your Brain” which presents a new model for understanding our emotions – their origins, their power and their malleability. Co-authored with well-known science writer and editor Sharon Begley, the book outlines six basic emotional styles, each based on neuroscientific evidence, that define our personality: resilience, outlook, social intuition, self-awareness, sensitivity to context and attention. It also illuminates the brain’s ability to change and how simple strategies can help people shift along the continuum of each style.
The book is a New York Times bestseller that has been reviewed by Newsweek, Harvard Business Review, Huffington Post and other national media outlets.
Dr. Davidson hopes readers come away with the understanding that they are the true architects of their emotional style. Echoed in the mission and research of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, the book reinforces that positive qualities of mind – compassion, happiness and attention – are within our mental grasp and inherent skills that we all can learn.
Be sure to tune in at 1pmPDT this Wednesday! To your health!