Nicholas A. Christakis+ Your Authors @NAChristakis Sterling Professor of Social & Natural Science at Yale. Physician. Author of Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society. Luckily wed @ErikaChristakis Apr. 16, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

New publication from our lab in @SciReports.

Mindfulness meditation reduces anxiety, depression, and stress, and it improves emotional regulation. But does mindfulness meditation alter pro-social behavior and make us nicer?  1/

Using a simple donation game, we randomly assigned 326 online subjects to a short mindfulness meditation session (or to a control group) and measured their willingness to donate a portion of their payment for participation as a charitable donation to others. 2/

Subjects who underwent the brief online meditation treatment donated at a 2.61 times higher rate than the control (p = 0.005), after controlling for socio-demographics. They were more altruistic after being asked to meditate. 3/

So mindfulness meditation may increase social cooperation (especially in subjects with low baseline willingness to contribute). This work from our lab #HNL was spearheaded by former Post-Doc Akihiro Nishi now @UCLA (not on twitter) & included @mqdicer  4/

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