Jennifer Mascaro, PhD is a biological anthropologist who studies human social cognition, and biology of interconnectedness. In her research, Dr. Mascaro explores how our prosocial emotions and behaviors impact our physical and mental health. This conversation centers around compassion - its meaning, expression and social norms around it, health implications of practicing compassion, and ways to get better at it.
Jennifer Mascaro, PhD is a biological anthropologist with research interests that center on (1) the variation in, and plasticity of, human social cognition, and (2) the biology of interconnectedness. To this end, she uses structural and functional neuroimaging to explore how behavioral, cultural, hormonal, and genetic factors affect prosocial emotions and behaviors, and how these in turn impact health. Her work is ever collaborative and falls at the interface of medicine, neuroscience, evolutionary biology, religion, and social, clinical, and cognitive psychology.
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