DISCUSSION GUIDE: Download questions for The Pursuit of Happiness with Dr. Richard Davidson
The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters hosts and evening with renowned neuroscientist Richard J. Davidson in Overture Center's Capitol Theater. After being prompted by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to study compassion and positivity in the same way that depression, anxiety, and fear are studied, Academy Fellow Richard Davidson shifted his research to the brain’s ability to cultivate well-being. Drawing on the scientific means to examine brain circuits that exhibit plasticity in areas of resilience, positive outlook, mindfulness, and compassion, Davidson's research has shown that we can shape and modify our minds for a happier life.
For the Wisconsin Academy’s American Dream in Wisconsin series, Davidson was interviewed by Anne Strainchamps of Wisconsin Public Radio regarding the brain’s capacity for change, its connection to the body and how it regulates genes, and our innate human tendency toward basic goodness. The conversation explores how the conscious quest for mental well-being can help us in our pursuit of the American Dream.
Presented by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters with support from the Center for Healthy Minds, this event was free and open to the public with advance online registration. Video is provided courtesy of WisconsinEye.