Neuroscientist: ‘Compassion is best learned as a skill’

The neuroscientist whose research inspired the La Crosse Compassion Project visited the city on Monday to headline the “La Crosse Compassion Project Live!” event.

Before talking about his research to more than 500 people at Viterbo University’s Fine Arts Center, Dr. Richard Davidson visited the Pump House Regional Arts Center to take a look at the 6,000 6-by-6-inch art panels that depict what compassion means to students in the School District of La Crosse.


“It turns out when we express compassion, we actually recruit circuits in the brain that we know to be involved in the positive emotions and happiness,”