#29821 Overall Influence

Richard Davidson

American psychologist


Why is this person notable and influential?

Richard Davidson currently holds the title of William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He previously held a position at the State University of New York at Purchase. In addition to being a professor, Davidson is the director and founder of the Center for Healthy Minds. Davidson completed his undergraduate studies at New York University, and his Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1976.

Davidson’s work is primarily focused in understanding neurological bases for emotional states, and applying these insights to encourage well-being. In particular, Davidson is interested in these states across the human lifespan. Davidson has popularized the idea of neuroplasticity, arguing that humans can learn happiness and compassion just as they can learn other skills. Davidson’s research has led to working with the Dalai Lama in efforts to better understand how meditation affects the brain and emotional states.

Published works by Davidson include, Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body along with Daniel Goleman, and The Emotional Life of Your Brain with Sharon Begley.

For his work, Davidson has received awards and honors including the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association, and has been recognized as one of the most influential people in the world by Time magazine.

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Richard J. Davidson is professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison as well as founder and chair of the Center for Healthy Minds.

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What schools is this person affiliated with?
University of Wisconsin–Madison
University of Wisconsin–Madison

Public research university in Madison, Wisconsin., USA

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Harvard University
Harvard University

Private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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New York University
New York University

Private research university in New York City

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#281 World Rank #139 USA Rank
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