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CCARE Science of Compassion Summer Research Institute

Written By CCARE Staff

Purpose The purpose of the CCARE Summer Research Institute, co-sponsored by the Telluride Institute, a five-day conference to be held in Summer 2013, is to advance research on compassion and altruism through collaboration, dialog, inquiry, education, and research. Drawing from several disciplines including neuroscience, psychology, genetics, economics, and contemplative traditions, the CCARE Summer Research Institute aims to examine compassion, altruism and …


Compassion & Business Conference

Written By CCARE Staff

The purpose of this a one-day conference, to be held April 30, 2013, is to present and create a dialog around cutting-edge research and best practices on compassion and business by leading research experts in the field as well as business leaders who have successfully implemented compassion-based programs in their organization. Conference presenters will present both basic and applied research related to compassion, helping, and social entrepreneurship. The audience will …


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Are women really more compassionate?

Written By Dr. Emma Seppala

Yesterday, journalists at Huffington Post Live asked me to comment on whether women are more compassionate than men. Scientists in general tend to cringe at any strong black-and-white statements of this kind since we know there is no data to support such strong claims. If you ask a neuroscientist to distinguish a male from a female brain, for example, s/he would have a …


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Compassion: Our First Instinct

Written By Dr. Emma Seppala

Decades of clinical research has focused and shed light on the psychology of human suffering. That suffering, as unpleasant as it is, often also has a bright side to which research has paid less attention: compassion. Human suffering is often accompanied by beautiful acts of compassion by others wishing to help relieve it. What led 26.5 percent of Americans to …


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Just by looking at someone, you experience them. Ever fallen in love at first sight or had a “gut feeling” about someone? You internally resonated with them. Ever seen someone trip and momentarily felt a twinge of pain for them? Observing them activates the “pain matrix” in your brain,research shows. Ever been moved by the sight of a person helping someone? You …