Researchers at the University of Wisonsin Madison said that meditation
can cultivate compassion and kindness. Meditation affects brain regions
that can make a person more empathetic to other people’s mental
functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the study found that positive
emotions such as loving kindness and compassion can be learned. Scans
of subjects who had extensive experience in practicing compassion meditation
showed that the brain circuits used to detect emotions and feelings
where dramatically changed.
scientist Antoine Lutz said the capacity to cultivate compassion may
also be useful for preventing depression in people who are susceptible
to it. The researchers are interested in teaching compassion meditation
to young children as a way to prevent bullying, aggression, and violence.