How does the compassionate brain, measured in the lab, predict what occurs in real life?

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers are launching a new series of studies to understand how laboratory measures of virtuous qualities such as compassion relate to their behavior in the real world.


Dr. Richard J. Davidson, founder of the UW’s Center for Investigating Healthy Minds (CIHM), at the Waisman Center, has received a three-year, $1.7 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to develop laboratory and real-world measures of virtuous qualities such as altruism and compassion.