Neuroscientist Richard Davidson is one of the central people who’s helped us begin to see inside our brains. His work has illuminated the rich interplay between things we saw as separate not that long ago: body, mind, spirit, emotion, behavior, and genetics. Richard is applying what he’s learning about imparting qualities of character — like kindness and practical love — in lives and in classrooms. This live conversation was recorded at the Orange County Department of Education in Costa Mesa, California.
Richard Davidson is the William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He founded and directs the Center for Healthy Minds there. He is the co-author of "The Emotional Life of Your Brain" and "Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body." He was inducted into the National Academy of Medicine in 2017.
This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Richard Davidson — A Neuroscientist on Love and Learning." Find more at onbeing.org.