The practice and teaching of compassion have an extensive history reaching back literally thousands of years. Compassion is most commonly defined as a sensitivity to the suffering of another and a desire to alleviate that suffering. We review here the current neuroscience of compassion and conceptualize this critical human virtue as hierarchically and temporally organized by affective, motivational-intentional, self-other differentiated, and higher order regulatory components. We further present an integrated theory for the neuroscience of compassion and review supportive research. Directions for future investigations into the neuroscience of compassion are also offered.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||The Neuroscience of Empathy, Compassion, and Self-Compassion|
|Number of pages||37|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2018|
- Theory of mind
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