Meditation could help people to be more empathetic, according to a small new study from Emory University.
"It's an intriguing result, suggesting that a behavioral intervention could enhance a key aspect of empathy," study researcher Jennifer Mascaro,
After the eight weeks, all the study participants completed the "Reading the Mind in the Eyes" test again. The researchers found that people who underwent the meditation training program had a 4.6 percent higher score on the empathy test at the end of the study period. Meanwhile, people who only partook in the discussion classes didn't experience any increase in empathy scores, and some even experienced a decrease in their scores.
The brain scans also revealed that people who took the meditation courses also had increased brain activity in the regions linked with empathy.
Via Edwin Rutsch