The Scientific Basis of CBCT®

"Most of us seek happiness by approaching what we desire, avoiding what we dislike or fear...and ignoring all of the rest. Dr. Raison presents a radically different approach to enhancing wellbeing, one that embraces [works by reshaping] conflict and frustration as a means to produce internal changes linked to happiness. Dr. Raison presents CBCT® (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training) and introduces evidence that compassion training can optimize emotional and physical health through a variety of biological effects, including improving emotional and biological stress responses, and enhancing the brain's empathic responses to others in a way that may reduce depress."     UA College of Social & Behavioral Sciences


Interest in contemplative practice has burgeoned in recent years as scientists in diverse fields point out the significant role that other-centered behaviors appear to play in health and wellbeing. Primatologist Frans de Waal, for example, posits that the common perception of human nature as a self-centered drive for individual survival is largely distorted, if not altogether wrong. Rather, he suggests, the roots of empathy, compassion, and morality run deep in human evolutionary history. 

Further, work in social neuroscience has shown that the perception of social isolation is a risk factor for poor cognitive performance and can lead to an increase in depressive thoughts. Taken together, this research suggests that practices that enhance our sense of connectivity with others—such as CBCT®—may have a positive impact on our physical and mental health. Emerging data from a variety of on-going studies is supporting this supposition.  

You can find links to published studies using CBCT® at the Resources for Researchers page.