Matthieu Ricard is an active member of the Mind and Life Institute, an organization dedicated to broadening the understanding of how the mind works by exploring the intersection between contemplative traditions and contemporary scientific inquiry.
He contributes to the research on the effect of meditation on the brain at various universities in the USA and Europe. He is also the co-author of several scientific publications on these topics, which you can explore here.
From Empathy to Compassion in a Neuroscience LaboratoryPublished on August 29, 2016
Chapter IV of “Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World”, Little, Brown and Company (2015), published on the website
Differential pattern of functional brain plasticity after compassion and empathy trainingPublished on June 04, 2013
Although empathy is crucial for successful social interactions, excessive sharing of others' negative emotions may be maladaptive and constitute a source of burnout. To investigate functional neural plasticity underlying the augmentation of empathy and to test the counteracting potential of compassion, one group of participants was first traine...
The Dalai Lama: Happiness through wisdom and compassion, by Matthieu Ricard, International Journal of Wellbeing, 1(2)Published on March 06, 2013
Matthieu Ricard discusses the concept of eduring happiness according to the Buddhist perspective, and how the Dalai Lama embodies this skill that can be cultivated.
Long-term meditators self-induce high-amplitude gamma synchrony during mental practice, by Antoine Lutz, Matthieu Ricard, et al, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2004, 101(46)Published on March 06, 2013
The authors explain how scientific research on Buddhist meditators shows that mental training can induce short-term and long-term neural changes.
Meditation and the startle response: A case study, by Robert W. Levenson, Paul Ekman, and Matthieu Ricard, Emotion 2012, 12(3)Published on March 06, 2013
This study investigates the effects of two type of meditation - open presence and focused - on a meditator's defensive response to a startle stimulus during the meditation.
Buddhist and psychological perspectives on emotions and well-being, by Paul Ekman, Richard J. Davidson, Matthieu Ricard, and B. Alan Wallace, Current Directions in Psychological Science 2005, 14(2)Published on March 06, 2013
This paper presents a Buddhist perspective on the achievement of durable happiness and the nature of afflictive and nonafflictive emotions.
Measuring happiness: from fluctuating happiness to authentic—durable happiness, by Michaël Dambrun, Matthieu Ricard, et al, Frontiers in Personality Science and Individual Differences 2012Published on November 27, 2012
Based on the theoretical model set down by Michaël Dambrun and Matthieu Ricard on the distinction between self-centeredness and selflessness, this study proposes findings on how a self-centered psychological functioning only produces fluctuating happiness while a selfless functioning leads to durable happiness.
Self-centeredness and selflessness: A theory of self-based psychological functioning and its consequences for happiness, by Michaël Dambrun and Matthieu Ricard, Review of General Psychology 2011, Vol. 15, No. 2Published on November 27, 2012
In this paper, Michaël Dambrun and Matthieu Ricard explore a theoretical model according to which authentic-durable happiness is linked to a selfless psychological functioning.
International Journal of Social Psychology, Number 93Published on November 27, 2012
A series of articles presenting scientific conclusions about subjects such as positive psychology, altruism, and happiness. This series includes an article by Michaël Dambrun and Matthieu Ricard on transcendence of the self and happiness.
Transcendence of the self and happiness: a test of the happiness model based on centered-decentered self, Michaël Dambrun and Matthieu Ricard, Les Cahiers Internationaux de Psychologie Sociale (C.I.P.S.), Number 93Published on November 27, 2012
In this article, Michaël Dambrun and Matthieu Ricard test the hypothesis that decentering the self would produce emotional benefits and promote genuine and lasting happiness.