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The Compassion Imperative

The Compassion Imperative
Abel Smith lecture theatre, St Lucia campus
6:00pm Friday, 5th September 2014
8:00pm Friday, 5th September 2014


There is increasing evidence that being compassionate not only benefits the receiver but has a profound effect on the giver. What are the evolutionary antecedents that result in compassionate behavior having such effect? How does being compassionate with intent affect one’s peripheral physiology in terms of mental and physical health and even one’s longevity. The recent literature in neuroscience and psychology will be reviewed and discussed.


James R. Doty, M.D. is the founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University of which His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the founding benefactor. He collaborates with scientists from a number of disciplines examining the neural bases for compassion and altruism. Additionally, he examines the impact of meditation interventions on potentiating one’s compassion and the effect on peripheral physiology. He is also interested in determining whether such interventions in the domains of education, healthcare, business, the justice system and civic government can result in positive change.

Dr. Doty is also a professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine, as well as an inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist. His neurosurgical research and clinical interests have been focused on stereotactic radiosurgery and complex and minimally invasive spine surgery. As a philanthropist, he supports a number of charitable organizations supporting peace initiatives and providing healthcare throughout the world. He also supports a variety of research initiatives and has provided scholarships and endowed chairs at multiple universities including Stanford University and Tulane University School of Medicine, his Alma Mater.

He serves on the Board of a number of non-profit organizations including the Dalai Lama Foundation of which he is chairman and the Board of Governors of Tulane University School of Medicine. He also serves on the Senior Advisory Board of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions and the Board of Trustees of the Charter of Compassion International.


This is a School of Psychology sponsored free public event. For catering purposes please register here:

This public talk will serve as the keynote address to set the scene for the Inaugural UQ Compassion Symposium scheduled for Saturday 6 September. If you wish to attend both the public lecture and the symposium, you will need to Register for each event separately.

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