The Neuroscience Of Compassion

The Compassionate Brain is an eight part mini-series on the neuroscience of compassion. The series is presented by Dr. Rick Hanson in collaboration with Sounds True. It features many of the seminal thinkers in the research on the compassionate brain.

Originally scheduled for seven sessions, Dr. Hanson has added another one tonight to discuss the major takeaways from the other seven.

All of the sessions have been recorded and are available for free. You simply have to register to watch, listen or download them.

The researchers and there topics are shown in the following table.

Dr. Richie Davidson How the Mind Changes the Brain
Dr. Daniel Siegel Mindfulness of Oneself and Others
Dr. Tara Brach Cultivating a Forgiving Heart
Dr. Dacher Keltner The Evolution of Compassion: From Gene to Meme
Dr. Kelly McGonigal Balancing Compassion and Assertiveness
Dr. Kristin Neff The Power of Self-Compassion
Dr. Jean Houston Compassion in the Wider World

I have listened to all the recordings except the last one. They are all wonderful.

Which one do you like the best? Please share your insights, feelings and questions.

Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom I have not yet had a chance to read Dr. Hanson’s book yet, but one of my friends reported that she is currently enjoying reading it.
The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live--and How You Can Change Them I just finished reading Dr. Davidson’s book, The Emotional Life of Your Brain, and found it to be extremely valuable. I did not completely absorb the his findings on the particular parts of the bran. I really enjoyed his discovery and explanation of emotional style.
The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More of It I have not read this book either. I plan to get it before too long.

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