Loving-kindness brings loving-kindness: The impact of Buddhism on cognitive self-other integration

Lorenza S. Colzato, Hilmar Zech, Bernhard Hommel, Rinus Verdonschot, Wery P.M. van den Wildenberg, Shulan Hsieh

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Abstract

Common wisdom has it that Buddhism enhances compassion and self-other integration. We put this assumption to empirical test by comparing practicing Taiwanese Buddhists with well-matched atheists. Buddhists showed more evidence of self-other integration in the social Simon task, which assesses the degree to which people co-represent the actions of a coactor. This suggests that self-other integration and task co-representation vary as a function of religious practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)541-545
Number of pages5
JournalPsychonomic Bulletin and Review
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jun

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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