CU-Boulder researchers examine compassionate behavior’s ‘active ingredients’

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have developed a quantitative framework for predicting compassionate behavior, a significant step forward in the quest to identify the key psychological processes underlying human compassion.The new research, which appears today in the journal Emotion, also found that the act of compassionate meditation can significantly increase a person’s positive feelings toward those in need. Compassion, which is broadly defined as concern for the plight of others, plays a vital role in society, but the psychological components of this complex behavior have largely remained a mystery. While previous models have identified individual thoughts or feelings related to compassion, none have provided insight into how these feelings and attributes combine to create observable behaviors, such as the decision to donate money to charity. “Our experiment was…

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