Richard Davidson is the William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. A friend and confidante of the Dalai Lama, he is a highly sought after expert and speaker, leading conversations on well-being on international stages such as the World Economic Forum, where he serves on the Global Council on Mental Health. Time Magazine named Davidson one of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2006.
Davidson is the founder of Healthy Minds Innovations, Inc., an external, affiliated nonprofit dedicated to supporting the mission of the Center for Healthy Minds. He is co-author with Daniel Goleman of "Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body". He has been featured widely in popular media, including the Today Show, ABC’s Nightline, National Public Radio, National Geographic Magazine, O: the Oprah Magazine, PBS’s The Charlie Rose Show, Harvard Business Review, and additional national and international news outlets.
Dr. Richard Davidson joins us on this episode of Intersections to discuss why meditation may be among the most valuable aids available to us during this pandemic. What are the latest scientific discoveries about the power and practice of meditation? Can this ancient discipline be a pathway not just to coping with present-day anxiety, depression, and stress, but also to meaning, purpose, and joy?
The episode “The Power and Practice of Meditation” offers key insights on: