Dr. Richard J. Davidson: Meditation and the Effects on the Brain (#178)


This episode of the Wisdom Podcast features Dr. Richard J. Davidson. Richard is the William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, founder of the Center for Healthy Minds, and director of the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is best known for his groundbreaking work studying emotion and the brain. In 2006 Time Magazine named Davidson one of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World.” He is also co-author with Daniel Goleman of Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body.

In this episode, host Daniel Aitken, and Richard discuss:

  • his lab tests with Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche on the effects of meditation;
  • technology’s advancements with the ability to find correlates;
  • brain waves associated with flow states;
  • meta-awareness; and
  • much more!

If you enjoy the episode, check out Richard’s course, The Science of Flourishing, presented by Healthy Minds Innovations. The Science of Flourishing is an online, self-paced course designed to help you understand the skills of well-being, the science behind them, and how to apply those skills in your daily life. Fans of the Wisdom Podcast receive a 20% discount with code TWE20 when used before December 31, 2023.

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