Brain Power

Here is the Dalai Lama, his body swathed in red cloth and his head closely shaved, leaning forward eagerly to clasp hands with University of Wisconsin-Madison neuroscientist Richard Davidson. The photo of this moment hangs on the professor’s office wall – just another sign of his fame. Davidson’s work studying the brains of Tibetan monks – specifically, the effects of meditation – first sparked a major wave of media attention about four years ago. He has found that the brain can be trained to reduce stress and is investigating a similar approach to help treat the symptoms of depression, anxiety,…