Meditation Makes Us Act with Compassion

A new study suggests mindfulness meditation can help us overcome the “bystander effect.


In the study, Paul Condon and Dave DeSteno of Northeastern University and Gaelle Desbordes of Massachusetts General Hospital assigned people with little or no meditation experience to one of two eight-week meditation classes, or put them on a wait list for a class. One class was a mindfulness meditation class geared toward focusing and calming the mind. The other covered similar terrain but also discussed compassion and suffering.

By Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas