Can we teach compassion? | The International Institute for Compassionate Cities

A neuroscience team at Stanford University is exploring whether compassion can be learned. This has potentially great use for all sorts of places where violence and aggression cause problems — schools, prisons, streets and war zones.

Dr. James Doty


The research by Dr. James Doty and his team is simply fascinating. They are asking whether altruism and compassion actually reside concretely in the human brain. Can humans be taught to be more compassionate? The answers to these questions could have major impacts for our violence-prone society.


Doty will be presenting a public lecture in Seattle April 4 at 3 p.m. at the University of Washington, sponsored by the Compassionate Action Network International.