Psychology professor David DeSteno talks about his work in his lab, The Social Emotions Group, which studies emotions and social behavior.
Scientists have mostly focused on the benefits of meditation for the brain and the body, but a recent study by Northeastern University’s David DeSteno, published in Psychological Science, takes a look at what impacts meditation has on interpersonal harmony and compassion. Several religious traditions have suggested that mediation does just that, but there has been no scientific proof—until now.
When someone is victimized, do you see yourself in them in some manner? It could be why you feel compassion toward them.
You’re not sure why, but you don’t trust that guy. You wouldn’t give him a buck because you’re pretty sure he wouldn’t return the favor. What is it about him? Can you put your finger on it?