Promoting, supporting, and conducting rigorous scientific and technological advances in compassion science.

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The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University’s School of Medicine was founded in 2008 with the explicit goal of promoting, supporting, and conducting rigorous scientific and technological advances in compassion science.

While science has made great strides in treating pathologies of the human mind, far less research exists to date on positive qualities of the human mind including compassion, altruism, and empathy. These prosocial traits are innate to us and lie at the very centerpiece of our common humanity. Our capacity to feel compassion has ensured the survival and thriving of our species over millennia. For this reason, CCARE was established. CCARE is a program of the Institute for Neuro-Innovation & Translational Neurosciences and was founded the explicit goal of promoting, supporting, and conducting rigorous scientific and technological advances in compassion science. To date, CCARE has collaborated with a number of prominent neuroscientists, behavioral scientists, geneticists, and biochemists to closely examine the physiological and psychological correlates of compassion and altruism. CCARE also provides a compassion cultivation program and teacher training as well as educational public events and programs.

 

Photo of Dr. Jim Doty, founder of CCARE, and the Dalai Lama

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