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Mindful : December 2015
Older, wiser, and kinder? Who, as a group, is more empathic— older people or younger? Research- ers used emotional content in film clips to tease out differences based on age, using two groups of women, one younger (mean age of 24), and one older (mean age 69). They com- pared “empathy-accuracy” (how accurately one can perceive anoth- er’s emotions), “emotional congru- ence” (the ability to share another’s emotions), and sympathy in the two groups. Older and younger showed similar levels of emotional cong ru- ence, but the older women showed greater sympathy. Older partici- pants, however, were less good at perceiving other people’s emo- tions—unless the emotional content was highly relevant to their own age group. A separate group of research- ers sought to explore the mecha- nism the brain uses to identify another person’s emotional state. They found that the process engages a similar brain network as do other areas of emotional understanding. And, depending on the situation involved, the brain can rely more heavily on either emotional or cog- nitive processing streams. The more distressed someone felt, the quicker they assessed the other person’s emotions. While setting up to shoot the six o’clock news, two journalists saw a man overdosing in a nearby car. They gave him CPR, took him to the ER, and saved his life. An Oregon man overheard two teens ridicule an elderly man’s run-down house, so he rounded up hundreds of volun- teers to repaint it. For 15 years a college art teacher in San Francisco set up his sew- ing machine in the poor, drug- and-crime-laden Tenderloin district, and set to work mending people’s clothes. ● December 2015 mindful 13 PHOTOGRAPHS:©RAYMONDFORBES/STOCKSYUNITED,©OLEKSIYMARK,PIXELROBOT,KSENA32/DOLLARPHOTOCLUB Research gathered from Greater Good Science Ctr. at UC Berkeley, Ctr. for Investigating Healthy Minds at U of Wisconsin-Madison, Ctr. for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School, and American Mindfulness Research Association. 3Extra ordinary Acts of Kindness Available as ebooks $6.99. Order print copies at parallax.org using the code LIFE15 and get 20% off through the end of this year. The perfect gifts for this holiday season. HOW TO SIT Simple meditation instructions with guided breathing exercises and visualizations. HOW TO EAT Joyful reminders that the benefts of mindful eating are personal and global. HOW TO LOVE Clarity, compassion, and humor applied to the thorny, beguiling topic of love. HOW TO WALK Practices to enhance the impact of each step to increase insight and joy. HOW TO RELAX Short meditations on being unbusy that can help bring life into balance. Bestselling, delightfully illustrated paperbacks, 6” x 9” and $9.95 each.