The Science of Compassion: A Conversation With Professor David DeSteno

Compassion, like all emotions, is a feeling state that serves as an engine for action. Once we feel an emotion, it increases the likelihood that we’ll engage in certain behaviors.


…compassion can also be studied scientifically, and one of the foremost researchers on compassion is Professor David DeSteno, author of the book “Out Of Character: Surprising Truths About the Liar, Cheat, Sinner (and Saint) Lurking in All of Us” and the director of the Social Emotions Lab at Northeastern University.


On April 15 at 4 p.m., Professor DeSteno will be speaking about the science of compassion at Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester. I had an opportunity to ask him some questions about how the the science of compassion can inform our religious and ethical outlooks:


by  Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman