About Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Meditation Improves Empathy

by Savitha C Muppala on October 9, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Font : A-A+

 Meditation Improves Empathy

Interpreting the expressions of others correctly improves understanding and this in turn boosts empathy.

A recent study found that meditation helped understand the feelings of others and improved empathy.

Advertisement

A team at Emory University evaluated the form of meditation called Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT).

For eight weeks, 13 subjects had weekly meetings where they were taught nuances of meditation, instruction, guided meditation and group discussions.
Advertisement

Before the study began, researchers evaluated participants' ability to empathize with others by showing them photographs of people making various expressions. At the same, time they underwent fMR imaging of their brains to measure neural activity.

The study showed that participants who had practiced eight weeks of meditation clearly portrayed marked improvement in their ability to identify the expressions in the photographs, this was also evident in increased activity in specific parts of their brains.  It was quite the opposite among those in the control group.

Cognitively-Based Compassion Training can actually help build one's empathic abilities.



Source: Medindia
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
What's New on Medindia
Organ Donation Week 2022 - 'Take the Pledge to Save Lives'
Test your Knowledge on Heart Transplantation
Test Your Knowledge on Lung Transplantation
View all
Recommended Reading
News Archive
Date
Category
Advertisement
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Benefits of Meditation / Meditation Therapy Meditation: Just For The Mind? Seven Chakras and Our Health Healthy Living Simple Ways to Stay Fit Techniques for Stress Relief Benefits of Spirituality Overthinking: Simple Ways to Stop Overthinking and Ease Anxiety Symptoms 

Most Popular on Medindia

How to Reduce School Bag Weight - Simple Tips Sinopril (2mg) (Lacidipine) Hearing Loss Calculator Blood - Sugar Chart Post-Nasal Drip Blood Pressure Calculator Drug Side Effects Calculator Find a Doctor Indian Medical Journals Turmeric Powder - Health Benefits, Uses & Side Effects
This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use