Anyone researching meditation and mindfulness is bound to come across the work of Richard J. Davidson. A prominent neuroscientist at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, he’s at the leading edge of research into how we can train our minds to improve human health and performance.
Dr. Davidson’s work may very well have a major effect on the next generation. His incorporation of meditation and mindfulness into early education has yielded such dramatic results that many schools are clamoring to start programs. And that’s only the beginning. He currently spearheads several important studies at the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, which he founded at the University of Wisconsin in 2008—probing everything from how mindfulness can foster enduring compassion in very young children to how meditation alters gene expression.