The science of compassion

Peer reviewed papers and other resources:

  • Randomized controlled trial of CCT and enhancing compassion, 2012 (Journal of Happiness Studies, 14, 1113-1126. doi:10.1007/s10902-012-9373-z) full paper

  • CCT study on mindfulness, affect and emotion regulation published in 2013 (Motivation and Emotion, 38, 23-35. doi: 10.1007/s11031-013-9368-z) full paper.

  • Study on CCT and mind wandering published 2015 (Journal of Positive Psychology. doi:10.1080/17439760.2015.1025418) full paper.

  • The Science of Compassion: A Modern Approach for Cultivating Empathy, Love, and Connection. Kelly McGonigal Ph.D.

  • The Oxford Handbook of Compassion Science. Edited by Emma M. Seppälä, Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Stephanie L. Brown, Monica C. Worline, C. Daryl Cameron, and James R. Doty (click here for table of contents).

  • Videos of past conferences, presentations and events at Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE).

  • Peer reviewed CCARE articles.

  • The Wellspring Institute’s library of key scientific papers on brain science, relationships, well-being, and more.

  • A compassion database!

  • Scientific Insights from the Greater Good Gratitude Summit (here)


Some very interesting people speak to the power that cultivating compassion has in transforming human relationships at every level, from one's relationship with one's own self, one's relationship with family members, on up through the relationships that make society. Emiliana Simon-Thomas, PhD, Erika Rosenberg, PhD, Philipe Goldin, PhD, and Geshe Thupten Jinpa, PhD are the interviewees, and appear in that order. To learn more about these wonderful people, please visit: http://bit.ly/lkJmKJ.
Leah Weiss is a Contemplative Educator whose research and teaching focuses on the application of meditation in secular contexts. Leah has engaged in extensive retreat practice in the Kagyu/Nyingma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. She is also trained as a clinical social worker having worked with refugees in India, Nepal, and the United States.
Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas, Ph.D., is the science director of the UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center. In this talk for the 2012 Mindfulness and Compassion conference, Dr. Simon-Thomas explains the neurological mechanisms that support compassion--and why mindfulness meditation can help support the growth of compassion.