Empathy and compassion training changes both behavior and brain

Watch Olga Klimecki’s presentation on the Neuroscience Of Empathy and Compassion at the 2012 Empathy and Compassion in Society conference to learn about the effects of empathy and compassion training. Her primary point, demonstrating the plasticity of the brain, is essentially that we can train ourselves to react a certain way. Our emotional reactions (and underlying brain function) are not set in stone. When we are trained in compassion, the resulting changes are positive emotional response and prosocial behavior.
Additional scientific publications from this researcher include:
Klimecki, O. M., Leiberg, Susanne, Ricard, Matthieu, Singer, Tania (2013) Differential Pattern of Functional Brain Plasticity after Compassion and Empathy Training. SCAN , .
Klimecki, O. M., Singer, T (2013) Empathy from the perspective of social neuroscience. Handbook of Human Affective Neuroscience Cambridge University Press New York , .
Klimecki, O. M., Singer, T (2012) Empathic distress fatigue rather than compassion fatigue? Integrating findings from empathy research in psychology and social neuroscience. Pathological altruism Oxford University Press New York , .

Leiberg, Susanne, Klimecki, O. M., Singer, Tania (2011) Short-term compassion training increases prosocial behavior in a newly developed prosocial game. PLoS ONE 6(3), .

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