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Just like being physically in shape means regular exercise, supporting one’s emotional well-being begins with a training program - for the mind. In this talk, world renowned neuroscientist, Dr. Richard J. Davidson discusses the scientific concept of neuroplasticity and how research in the lab confirms that well-being is a skill that can be taught.

By learning and practicing the skills associated with awareness, connection, insight, and purpose - anyone can have a healthier mind, despite their external circumstances. Based on four decades of contemplative neuroscientific research, Dr. Davidson outlines a path to well-being for anyone in this highly relevant talk.


18.00 - 18.30

Richard J. Davidson: Well-being is a Skill 

18.30 - 19.00

Tasting provided by Njord, Aarhus-based micro distillery

19.00 - 19.30

Richard J. Davidson: Well-being is a Skill (continued), followed by Q&A session, moderated by Anna Klawonn, Dandrite group leader 

19.30 - 20.00

Tasting provided by Njord, Aarhus-based micro distillery


Richard J. Davidson is a William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry. Founder and Director of the Center for Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Founder and Chief Visionary for Healthy Minds Innovations, Inc.

Davidson received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Psychology in 1976. Davidson’s research is broadly focused on the neural bases of emotion and emotional style and methods to promote human flourishing including meditation and related contemplative practices. He has published over 573 articles, numerous chapters and reviews and edited 14 books. He is the author (with Sharon Begley) of 'The Emotional Life of Your Brain' published in 2012 and co-author with Daniel Goleman of 'Altered Traits' published in 2017.

Davidson was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2006. He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2017 and appointed to the Governing Board of UNESCO’s Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) in 2018. In 2014, Davidson founded the non-profit, Healthy Minds Innovations, which translates science into tools to cultivate and measure well-being.


The event is open to all interested.

The price is DKK 150,- per person and includes two tastings from Aarhus-based micro distillery, Njord Gin Distillery with an option of non-alcoholic tasting as well.

Registration closes on 23 April 2024 at 12.00 (noon). 



This is the first 'Science & the Flavour of Aarhus' talk co-organised by Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS) and the Danish Research Institute of Translational Neuroscience (DANDRITE) at Aarhus University.

The event has received support from Science and Cocktails and the Lundbeck Foundation in collaboration with the Brain Prize.