The Research Design Associates Blog

(Cognitively-Based Compassion Training)

Quantum Theory Meets the Karmic Cycle

His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama recently completed his third visit to Atlanta as an Emory University Presidential Distinguished Professor. The Dali Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, participated in events in October on the Emory campus and at the Gwinnett County Center that explored collaborations that draw from the best of Tibetan and Western traditions through science, religion, and mind/body medicine. At the turn of the century, the Dalai Lama challenged Western researchers to scientifically study contemplative traditions and since then Emory has been a leader in developing programs that draw on the strengths of Tibetan and Western traditions.

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Can Meditation Help High-risk Populations Like Adolescents in Foster Care?

Compassion meditation may positively impact inflammatory measures relevant to health in adolescents at high risk for poor adult functioning. In my next blog, I will present results for the study’s psychosocial outcomes such as measures of anxiety and depression.While much attention has been paid to meditation practices that emphasize calming the mind, improving focused attention, or developing mindfulness, less is known about meditation practices that foster compassion. One of my research teams, however, has been investigating whether compassion meditation can affect our immune and behavioral responses to stress. We just learned that the results of our study of compassion meditation with foster care program adolescents will be published in a forthcoming issue of the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology.

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