The Kindness Cure
David DeSteno: The question of how meditation might influence social behavior wasn’t, until very recently, on anyone’s radar. A few years ago, my research group at Northeastern University set out to change that. If meditation was indeed capable of fostering compassion — a quality this world seems at times to have in short supply — we wanted to find proof. To do that, we conducted a simple experiment, led by Paul Condon, a graduate student in my lab at the time, and subsequently published in Psychological Science.