Richard Davidson is founder and director of the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is best known for his groundbreaking work studying emotion and the brain. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in psychology, psychopathology and psychophysiology with a minor focus in behavioral neurology and neuroanatomy; and a B.S. in psychology from New York University. A friend and colleague of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, he is a highly sought-after expert and speaker, leading conversations on well-being in international stages such as the World Economic Forum, where he serves on the Global Council on Mental Health. In 2006, Time magazine included him as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. 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.    

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