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Plasticity of the Social Brain: How to Train Mindfulness, Compassion and Perspectives on the Self

Tania Singer, head of the Social Neuroscience Lab of the Max Planck Society in Berlin, and colleagues have conducted a wide range of studies about mindfulness and self-awareness with a broad aim of finding ways to foster mental health, heartfelt connections and social cooperation. Their work has examined the interpersonal aspects of heart rate variability (HRV), exogenous generation of emotions (EGE), social capacities such as compassion, empathy and Theory of Mind as well as interoceptive body awareness, alexithymia and the effects of socio-affective and cognitive mental training on brain plasticity. The most important project was the ReSource project, a multi-disciplinary 9-month longitudinal mental training study involving more than 300 participants and 90 different measures. The goal was to compare the effects of three different types of 3-month mental training modules on brain plasticity, social connectedness, wellbeing and affect, the immune- and stress-system, interoceptive body awareness, social intelligence and prosocial behaviours. The findings from these studies are highly relevant to interoceptive-, mindfulness- and compassion-based treatments such as the Internal Family Systems therapy (IFS) whose founder Dick Schwartz will discuss the clinical implications of Dr. Singer's work.


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Tania Singer |  Ronald D. Siegel, Psy.D. |  Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D.
2 Hours 02 Minutes
May 28, 2021
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Tania Singer, Ph.D., Scientific head of the Social Neuroscience Lab, Max Planck Society, Berlin, Germany. Her research focus is on the hormonal, neuronal, and developmental basis of human sociality, empathy and compassion, and their malleability through mental training. She is the principal investigator of a large-scale, nine-month longitudinal mediation based mental training study, The ReSource Project, and investigates together with Dennis Snower how psychology can inform new models of Caring Economics.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Tania Singer is scientific head at the Social Neuroscience Lab, Max Planck Society. She is an honorary research fellow at the University of Zurich. Dr. Singer is a guest researcher at Charité – Universitaetsmedizin.
Non-financial: Tania Singer is a fellow of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA). She is a member of the Interdisciplinary Forum Neurourbanistics. She is an advisory board member of Vivir Agradecidos Foundation. Dr. Singer is an ambassador for Gemeinwohl Ökonomie (GWÖ).


Ronald D. Siegel, Psy.D.'s Profile

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Associate Professor

Harvard Medical School

Ronald D Siegel, Psy.D. is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, where he has taught for over 25 years. He is a longtime student of mindfulness meditation and serves on the Board of Directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He teaches internationally about mindfulness and psychotherapy and mind/body treatment, has worked for many years in community mental health with inner city children and families, and maintains a private clinical practice in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Dr. Siegel is co-author of the self-treatment guide Back Sense, which integrates Western and Eastern approaches for treating chronic back pain; co-editor of the critically acclaimed professional text, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and author of the new step-by-step comprehensive guide for general audiences The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Ronald Siegel is an assistant clinical professor at Harvard Medical School.  He is a faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. Dr. Siegel receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.  

Non-financial: Ronald Siegel has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D.'s Profile

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The Center for Self Leadership

Richard Schwartz began his career as a family therapist and an academic at the University of Illinois at Chicago. There he discovered that family therapy alone did not achieve full symptom relief and in asking patients why, he learned that they were plagued by what they called "parts." These patients became his teachers as they described how their parts formed networks of inner relationship that resembled the families he had been working with. He also found that as they focused on and, thereby, separated from their parts, they would shift into a state characterized by qualities like curiosity, calm, confidence and compassion. He called that inner essence the Self and was amazed to find it even in severely diagnosed and traumatized patients. From these explorations, the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model was born in the early 1980s.

IFS is now evidence-based and has become a widely-used form of psychotherapy, particularly with trauma. It provides a non-pathologizing, optimistic, and empowering perspective and a practical and effective set of techniques for working with individuals, couples, families, and more recently, corporations and classrooms.

In 2013, Schwartz left the Chicago area and now lives in Brookline, MA where he is on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Richard Schwartz is the Founder of The Center for Self Leadership. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Richard Schwartz is a Fellow and member of the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy.

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  1. Investigate the process and research methodology of the ReSource project.
  2. Categorize findings and compare differential effects of various forms of meditations.
  3. Determine how various types of mental practices affect brain plasticity, social capacities, reduce stress, promote compassion, altruism and social connectedness.


  • Effects of mental training on brain plasticity
  • Effects of mental training on interpersonal aspects of HRV and EGE
  • Two current research studies measuring aspects of brain plasticity
  • Relevance to interoceptive, mindfulness, and compassion-based treatments

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  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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