The Neuroscience of Well-Being and Compassion – Dr Robin Nusslock

For many years, psychology and neuroscience focused exclusively on negative emotional states, such as depression and fear. Recently, there is a growing recognition of the value of studying positive states of mind, including well-being and compassion. Furthermore, rather than being…

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For many years, psychology and neuroscience focused exclusively on negative emotional states, such as depression and fear. Recently, there is a growing recognition of the value of studying positive states of mind, including well-being and compassion. Furthermore, rather than being something that we’re just born with, evidence indicates that well-being and compassion can be practiced and fostered over the lifespan. This talk will provide an overview of the neuroscience of positive states of mind and the biological pathways through which well-being and compassion affect our mental and physical health. In this presentation on, “The Neuroscience of Well-Being and Compassion,” Dr. Robin Nusslock, Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Neurobiology at Northwestern University, examined how practices designed to increase well-being and compassion, such as meditation, can generate long-term changes in the brain and body. He also discussed new methods for studying the biology of compassion, including brain imaging, peripheral markers, and functional genomics.

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