The Neurobiology of Empathy & Compassion (UCSD Zoominar)

— Panelist Patricia Churchland

Acceptance & equanimity & compassion & mindfulness…

— Panelist William Mobley

‘Saying that #meditation & #mindfulness works for us does nothing to convince the general public that these soft skills for emotional/ mental health are efficacious. Without empirical science documenting the benefits of these approaches, much of the world — especially the #WesternMedicine world — is not going to promote or seriously consider these practices.’

— Panelist Olga Klimecki

Olga Klimecki: ‘Finding that mindfulness worked in Germany is great. That doesn’t mean it’s going to work in Turkey or Cambodia or other places. Maybe meditation will work better in those places. Maybe #yoga & other #EasternMedicine coping/ mental health techniques will work in those other places. Although all of us know mindfulness, equanimity, meditation, etc works, we have to empirically determine which of these approaches works best in different geographies based on their stressors/ way of life.’

Additional Remarks

Molly Crocket: As a White person (woman) I’ll never know what it’s like to be a minority (man) subjectively.

Social Anhedonia —

“social anhedonia is not meant to describe enjoyment of solitary activities, normal introversion, or the occasional preference to be alone within the context of healthy social interests (Leary, Herbst, & McCrary, 2003); instead, it represents a traitlike disinterest in social contact, social withdrawal, and diminished pleasure during social situations”

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/j.1467-6494.2010.00702.x

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Dr. Jarryd Willis PhD

Dr. Jarryd Willis PhD

I'm passionate about making a tangible difference in the lives of others, & that's something I have the opportunity to do a professor & researcher.