Thursday, Mar 28, 2019 7:00p -
10 Phillips Place
Cambridge, MA 02138
Lectures & Conferences
This year’s lecture will be delivered by Dr. Richard Davidson, William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Founder & Director of the Center for Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Davidson is best known for his groundbreaking work studying emotion and the brain. A friend and confidante of the Dalai Lama, he is a highly sought-after expert and speaker, leading conversations on well-being on international stages such as the World Economic Forum, where he serves on the Global Council on Mental Health. Time Magazine named Davidson one of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2006.
This talk will consider scientific evidence that suggests that we can change our brains by transforming our minds and cultivate habits of mind that will improve well-being. These mental training strategies can be used to improve the well-being of children, teachers, parents and ultimately communities. The talk will provide an overview of neuroscientifically validated constituents of well-being and will illustrate how each of these is rooted in specific brain circuits that exhibit plasticity and thus can be modified through training.
The Sonnabend Lecture honors the memory of Elsa Sonnabend, former Chair of the Lesley University Board of Trustees. The Sonnabend Lecture brings to Lesley’s campus distinguished practitioners in the field of human services to work with Lesley’s students and faculty and enrich the academic community.
This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited.
The public lecture will be followed with time for a Q&A along with a book signing.