Jack Craver, The Capital Times: Helen Weng, like thousands of other Madison residents, is reaching the end of that long crawl toward a Ph.D. Unlike many of the University of Wisconsin’s underpaid grad students, Weng already has had a taste of the limelight that is usually reserved for full-fledged professors.
The national journal Psychological Science recently published a study by Weng that suggests adults can learn to be more compassionate.
How so? Through a meditation CD, of course. And by repeating nice phrases like “may you have joy and happiness.”
This type of research — which focuses on what fosters positive thinking in…