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Compassion meditation may boost neural basis of empathy, study finds

Compassion meditation may boost neural basis of empathy, study finds | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A compassion-based meditation program can significantly improve a person's ability to read the facial expressions of others, finds a study published by Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. This boost in empathic accuracy was detected through both behavioral testing of the study participants and through functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans of their brain activity.

 

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Compassion meditation may boost neural basis of empathy

Compassion meditation may boost neural basis of empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A compassion-based meditation program can significantly improve a person’s ability to read the facial expressions of others, finds a study published by Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. This boost in empathic accuracy was detected through both behavioral testing of the study participants and through functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans of their brain activity.

 

“It’s an intriguing result, suggesting that a behavioral intervention could enhance a key aspect of empathy,” says lead author Jennifer Mascaro, a post-doctoral fellow in anthropology at Emory University. “Previous research has shown that both children and adults who are better at reading the emotional expressions of others have better relationships.”

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Press Release: Compassion meditation may boost neural basis of empathy, Emory study finds

Press Release: Compassion meditation may boost neural basis of empathy, Emory study finds | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A compassion-based meditation program can significantly improve a person's ability to read the facial expressions of others, finds an Emory University study..

 

 

A compassion-based meditation program can significantly improve a person's ability to read the facial expressions of others, finds a study published by Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. This boost in empathic accuracy was detected through both behavioral testing of the study participants and through functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans of their brain activity.

 

"It's an intriguing result, suggesting that a behavioral intervention could enhance a key aspect of empathy," says lead author Jennifer Mascaro, a post-doctoral fellow in anthropology at Emory University. "Previous research has shown that both children and adults who are better at reading the emotional expressions of others have better relationships."

 

The research team also included

- senior author Charles Raison (photo),

- formerly a psychiatrist at Emory's School of Medicine and currently at the University of Arizona, and Emory anthropologist James Rilling.

- Cognitively-Based Compassion Training, or CBCT, was developed at Emory by study co-author Lobsang Tenzin Negi, director of the Emory-Tibet Partnership

 

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Dr. Charles Raison - Cognitively-Based Compassion Training

Dr. Charles Raison - Cognitively-Based Compassion Training | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

This video comes from the Arizona Meditation Research Interest Group (AMRIG) at the University of Arizona. Dr. Charles Raison (CNN health's mental health expert) is new to the U of A, having previously been at Emory University, where he was part of a team that developed Cognitive-Based Compassion Training (CBCT), along with Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, Ph.D. (founder and director of Drepung Loseling Monastery, in Atlanta), Brooke Dodson-Lavelle, M.A., and Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, Ph.D. At the U of A he is part of both the medical school and the department of psychiatry (Barry and Janet Lang Associate Professor of Integrative Mental Health).

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Conference: Compassion In Living, Compassion In Dying

Conference: Compassion In Living, Compassion In Dying | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Compassion In Living, Compassion In Dying
A One-­Day Conference Exploring Living and Dying with Compassion in the Modern World
A Program of Kagyu DC
Please join us Saturday 2012 November 10thfor an introductory conference exploring the integration of compassion with both our living as well as our dying. Presentations willinclude hospice approach to end of life, interfaith contemplative dialogue, and end of life support and consultation resources.
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Martha Nussbaum to lecture at Hamilton College

Martha Nussbaum to lecture at Hamilton College | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Author and University of Chicago professor Martha Nussbaum will deliver a lecture titled, “The New Religious Intolerance: Beyond the Politics of Fear,” at 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, in the chapel, located on the Hamilton College campus.

 

Nussbaum will discuss her book, “The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming an Age of Fear in an Anxious Age,” in which she regards the processes of fear that create intolerance, and the capacities for empathy, understanding and respect that may counter it.

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Pediatric Health Blog, Texas Children's Hospital - Empathy: The Antidote To Bullying

Pediatric Health Blog, Texas Children's Hospital - Empathy: The Antidote To Bullying | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy has little to do with rallies, reports, celebrities or anti-defamation league banners. Empathy is a quiet, powerful work. Empathy is the power of understanding and imaginatively entering into another person’s feelings, or in simple colloquialism “walking in someone else’s shoes.”

 

Empathy is about “connecting.” Bullying, conversely, is about “disconnection.”

 

To develop a community ethos of empathy we must start with modeling kindness, compassion and acceptance. If we want empathy and inclusion in schools then parents must model empathy within the family, because the “demonstration” of empathy has a greater impact than “instruction.”

 

by Diane Murrell, Clinical Social Worker

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Researchers Identify Area of the Brain That Processes Empathy

Researchers Identify Area of the Brain That Processes Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

An international team led by researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York has for the first time shown that one area of the brain, called the anterior insular cortex, is the activity center of human empathy, whereas other areas of the brain are not. The study is published in the September 2012 issue of the journal Brain.

 

Empathy, the ability to perceive and share another person’s emotional state, has been described by philosophers and psychologists for centuries. In the past decade, however, scientists have used powerful functional MRI imaging to identify several regions in the brain that are associated with empathy for pain. This most recent study, however, firmly establishes that the anterior insular cortex is where the feeling of empathy originates

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Teaching Kids about Empathy | Kid World Citizen

Teaching Kids about Empathy | Kid World Citizen | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

How else can parents teach a child to be empathetic and compassionate towards others?

 

Children who have grown up in loving environments have some inherent compassion, because they been nurtured and have had their needs met. Our environments, and especially our parents’ actions shape young children and build the foundation of their personality. Children develop empathy as they witness kindness towards others, respect for other cultures and races, and examples of how to stand up for what’s right in the face of discrimination. As parents and caretakers model compassion and empathy towards their partners, children, friends, and even strangers, we demonstrate how to put our feelings into an action that helps the person suffering and alleviates their situation.

 

Our children observe our empathy when we assist someone who just dropped their groceries, return a phone left behind, stop a joke based on stereotypes, bring dinner to a new mom, or stick up for kids who are getting picked on. We are the model from which are children learn.

by Becky Morales

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Victoria Maples's curator insight, July 9, 2013 3:35 AM

Fantastic artical..."Teaching kids about empathy is not just to feel sorry for someone; it’s moving beyond sadness or pity, and aspiring to change it. One way that kids learn empathy is through their journey of learning about other cultures and differing perspectives" 


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Hospital Impact - Communicate with empathy for a better patient experience

Hospital Impact - Communicate with empathy for a better patient experience | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy and compassion dwell at the core of the collective physician intention. We hold a noble commitment, and have taken a sober oath, to offer healing and caring to all who come to us with suffering.

 

In the swirling eddies of our busyness, we may take shortcuts that do not demonstrate how deeply we care about our work and our patients.

 

For example, most doctors interrupt and redirect patients' narratives after listening for only 20 seconds. Four out of five physicians ignore clues and expressions of affect. When we do respond, we quickly shift back to biomedical issues. I'm struck by these statistics.

 

by Carla Rotering

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Characterizing changes in student empathy throughout medical school.

Characterizing changes in student empathy throughout medical school. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

BACKGROUND:

Empathy is important in the physician-patient relationship. Prior studies suggest that medical student empathy declines with clinical training.

 

CONCLUSIONS:

Self-reported empathy for patients, a possibly critical factor in high-quality patient-centered care, wanes as students advance in clinical training, particularly among those entering technology-oriented specialties. In the era of new health care policy and primary care shortages, our research may have implications for the medical education system and admission policy.

 

Chen DC, Kirshenbaum DS, Yan J, Kirshenbaum E, Aseltine RH.

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Dalai Lama calls for compassion

Dalai Lama calls for compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

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He said the 21st-Century generation, those 5 to 30, needs more knowledge, a vision, determination, will power to make the 21st Century one of compassion. He acknowledged that this new generation would have to solve the problems created by the 20th-Century generation.

 

The Dalai Lama promoted empowerment of the individual, encouraging individuals to step forward to alter attitudes necessary for a compassionate world. “Change begins with the individual. Not governments. Not religious leaders. Not the United Nations.”

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As empathy dies and narcissism thrives, will culture survive?: Catholic World Report

As empathy dies and narcissism thrives, will culture survive?: Catholic World Report | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

As empathy dies and narcissism thrives, will culture survive?
I know it's shocking and unexpected, but the evidence—both data-driven and anecdotal—indicates that people increasingly care less  about others and more about themselves.

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Can meditation make you more empathic? 

Can meditation make you more empathic?  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A program that focuses on compassion was found to boost a person's ability to read the facial expressions of others as well as activate regions in the brain that help us be more empathic.

 

The meditation program is called Cognitively-Based Compassion Training, or CBCT, and was developed at Emory by study co-author Lobsang Tenzin Negi, director of the Emory-Tibet Partnership.

 

Derived from Tibetan Buddhist practices, the program (which is secular) include elements of concentration and non-judgmental awareness of thoughts and feelings, similar to the much-talked-about mindfulness meditation. Yet according to the university, the CBCT also focuses on training people to analyze and reinterpret their relationships with others.

 

 

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TEDxAtlanta - Dr. Charles Raison - We're Fighting The Wrong Enemy - Compassion Study co-author

Dr. Charles Raison believes our survival as a species depends on finding better ways to deal with our enemies. But who is the real enemy? Thank you to Definition 6 for providing in-kind video editing services for TEDxAtlanta.

 

Journal Reference:
J. S. Mascaro, J. K. Rilling, L. Tenzin Negi, C. L. Raison. Compassion meditation enhances empathic accuracy and related neural activity. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 2012; DOI: 10.1093/scan/nss095

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Compassionate Meditation Can Boost Empathy

Compassionate Meditation Can Boost Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

New research suggest a compassion-based meditation program can significantly improve an individual’s ability to read the emotions of others.

 

Investigators measured the improvement in empathic accuracy by behavioral testing of study participants and through functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans of brain activity.

 

By RICK NAUERT PHD Senior News Editor

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What Women Know about Leadership that Men Don't

What Women Know about Leadership that Men Don't | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Great leadership begins with being a whole human being.

 

No single challenge has been greater for me as a leader than learning how to take better care of the people I lead, and to create a safe, supportive space in which they can thrive. Like most men I know, I grew up with very little modeling around empathy — the ability to recognize, experience and be sensitive to what others are feeling.

 

Empathy proved especially difficult for me whenever I felt vulnerable. My instinctive response was to protect myself, most often with aggression. I equated aggression with safety, and vulnerability with weakness. Today, I recognize the opposite is often true. The more I acknowledge my own fears and uncertainties, the safer people feel with me and the more effectively they work. But even now, I'm amazed at how dense I can sometimes be.

 

by Tony Schwartz

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Do Emotions Like Empathy, Love And Compassion Exist in Prisons?

Do Emotions Like Empathy, Love And Compassion Exist in Prisons? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
By: Nelson Butler San Quentin State Prison

 

Yes, emotions of empathy, love and compassion exist in prison. Understand, prisons are nothing more than a tightly controlled microcosm of society at large. We have good people, bad people, industrious people, slackers, young, old, middle age, the list goes on and on. So, think of it like this- whatever goes on in your community is generally the same thing that goes on in ours (well, minus the police state).....

 

We still love, hurt, empathize and sympathize, show and receive compassion on a daily basis, and most of the time, we aren’t even aware of it. We are human…

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Meditation can increase empathy, study finds | Mindful Magazine

Meditation can increase empathy, study finds | Mindful Magazine | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Can the brain be trained to be more receptive to the needs of others?

 

Emory researchers describe CBCT as a form of "mind training" or "thought transformation." For the practitioner of CBCT, the objective is to shift thoughts from "me" to "others" in the following eight steps:

 

(1) developing attention and stability of mind through focused attention training;

 

(2) cultivating insight into the nature of mental experience;

 

(3) cultivating self-compassion;

 

(4) developing equanimity;

 

(5) developing appreciation and gratitude;

 

(6) developing affection and empathy;

 

(7) realizing aspirational compassion; and

 

(8) realizing active compassion.

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A Pilot Study and Randomized Controlled Trial of the Mindful Self-Compassion Program - Neff - 2012

A Pilot Study and Randomized Controlled Trial of the Mindful Self-Compassion Program - Neff - 2012 | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Objectives
The aim of these two studies was to evaluate the effectiveness of the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program, an 8-week workshop designed to train people to be more self-compassionate.

 

Results
Study 1 found significant pre/post gains in self-compassion, mindfulness, and various wellbeing outcomes. Study 2 found that compared with the control group, intervention participants reported significantly larger increases in self-compassion, mindfulness, and wellbeing. Gains were maintained at 6-month and 1-year follow-ups.

 

Conclusions
The MSC program appears to be effective at enhancing self-compassion, mindfulness, and wellbeing.

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Specific Brain Region Tied to Empathy

Specific Brain Region Tied to Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

An international team of researchers has demonstrated, for the first time, that a particular area of the brain — called the anterior insular cortex — is where human empathy originates.

 

“Now that we know the specific brain mechanisms associated with empathy, we can translate these findings into disease categories and learn why these empathic responses are deficient in neuropsychiatric illnesses, such as autism,” said Patrick R. Hof, M.D., a professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.

 

Reviewed by John M. Grohol

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Physicians' Empathy and Clinical Outcomes for Diabetic Patients - Academic Medicine

Physicians' Empathy and Clinical Outcomes for Diabetic Patients - Academic Medicine | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Purpose: To test the hypothesis that physicians' empathy is associated with positive clinical outcomes for diabetic patients.

 

 

Conclusions: The hypothesis of a positive relationship between physicians' empathy and patients' clinical outcomes was confirmed, suggesting that physicians' empathy is an important factor associated with clinical competence and patient outcomes.

 

Empathy, an essential component of the physician–patient relationship, may be linked to positive patient outcomes. Although this notion is consistent with the conceptual view of physician–patient relationships,  empirical data supporting the association between physicians' empathy and tangible clinical outcomes are difficult to find. Several studies generally support the notion that the quality of the physician–patient relationship (as a proxy for empathic engagement in patient care) has a positive influence on patient outcomes. 

 

Author Information

Dr. Hojat, Mr. Louis,  Dr. Markham, Dr. Wender, Ms. Rabinowitz,  Dr. Gonnella

 

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Massachusetts Medical Society | Teaching Empathy Can Improve Patient Satisfaction

Massachusetts Medical Society | Teaching Empathy Can Improve Patient Satisfaction | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is challenged by many factors beleaguering health care today. We are at a time in medical history when physicians are facing more training requirements and compliance metrics than ever before, ranging from incentives for hand washing to required communication skills training to improve patient satisfaction.

In addition, physicians are facing tremendous pressures in terms of the number of patients they are expected to see, the short amount of time in which they have to see them, the complexity of the health problems, and increasingly burdensome documentation requirements.

 

by  Helen Riess, M.D.

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Using Storytelling & Narrative to Develop Empathy In Medical Students

Using Storytelling & Narrative to Develop Empathy In Medical Students | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

What is occurring during medical training across the country that would make students feel increasingly less empathy for the patients they will soon care for? A recent study out of Boston University by DC Chen et al, Characterizing changes in student empathy throughout medical school, added to the growing body of knowledge showing a decrease in medical student empathy over the course of their training. Helen Riess MD posted a piece on the October Massachusetts Medical Society’s Vital Signs blog,

 

Teaching Empathy Can Improve Patient Satisfaction, referencing the decline in student empathy over time, but also a Mayo Clinic study that reported 60% of practicing physicians show signs of burnout. If it’s true that so many physicians are this disenchanted with the practice of medicine, is it any wonder that providers need to be reminded to put patients at the center of care? 

 

By Tracy Granzyk MS

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The Empathosphere, Human and Non-Human Feeling and Awareness

The Empathosphere, Human and Non-Human Feeling and Awareness | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

=The Evolution of Empathy
In ancient Indian Hindu Vedic scriptures, there is the observation that life in a rock is life that sleeps; life in a plant is life that feels; life in an animal is life that knows, and life in human form is life that knows that it knows.

 

Animals have self-awareness through feeling and so possess self-consciousness to varying degrees according to the combined effects of social and neuronal complexity. This complexity becomes such that the human species, perhaps more so than most other animal species, has a reflexive consciousness in that awareness of the personal self is seen within an ever-widening comprehension of its relationship with the Great or Universal Self. Our empathic and empirical knowledge of the nature of sacredness and the sacredness of Nature increase accordingly. As the individuated self evolves along the continuum of increasing complexity/ consciousness, it becomes reflexive and thus increasingly aware of its ontology in relation to the Universal self: of being within Being.

 

by Dr. Michael W. Fox

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