Project Syndicate « The Path to Altruism »

Published on January 03, 2014 In Press Reviews

SHECHEN, NEPAL — ‟Cooperation,” the Harvard University biologist Martin Nowak has written, is ‟the architect of creativity throughout evolution, from cells to multicellular creatures to anthills to villages to cities.” As mankind now tries to solve new, global challenges, we must also find new ways to cooperate. The basis for this cooperation m...

Differential pattern of functional brain plasticity after compassion and empathy training

Published on June 04, 2013 In Articles about Science

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...