Research Digest: Meditation training enhances compassion

Psychological research into meditation has overwhelmingly focused on its cognitive consequences, considering the practice as a kind of training for attention and behaviour control, together with stress alleviation.

But contemplation traditions make far wider claims for meditation, such as that it helps practitioners cultivate concern for the welfare of others.

A new study idiscussed on our Research Digest blog supports this perspective, using a rigorous measure of emotional response to show signs of enhanced compassion following intensive, long-term meditation.