Webinar: Neurobiology of Compassion
August 19, 2020
In this webinar we will explore the psychology and neurobiological processes underlying empathy, empathic distress, and compassion, and programs designed to increase and cultivate feelings of loving-kindness and compassion. Empathic distress is often maladaptive and is one factor associated with the syndrome of burnout; whereas compassion is associated with more adaptive functioning and increased feelings of wellness and social connection.
We will also explore the differential psychological processes and neural network correlates of these different empathic states, and discuss how specific forms of training in cultivation of compassion might be useful for enhancing wellness and prosocial perspectives, and might possibly be useful for managing some of the symptoms of burnout.
We will discuss data from existing psychological studies of work-place interventions for medical providers designed to cultivate increased mindfulness and compassion, as well as exploring recent cutting-edge longitudinal neuroscientific studies of programs designed to cultivate mindfulness, social perspective-taking, and prosocial states of care and compassion, showing differential effects on neural networks as well as attention, theory of mind, and other functional outcomes.