Know thyself to understand others: New study tests value of perspective-taking training in understanding other people's mental states -- ScienceDaily
Through targeted training, people can be guided to develop a better inner awareness about their own mental states, and to have a better understanding of the mental state of others. This is because the better people understand themselves, the more easily they can think themselves in other people's shoes. Such training therefore ultimately helps us deal with current global challenges, says Anne Böckler of the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Science and Julius Maximilians University Würzburg in Germany. She is the lead author of a study in Springer's Journal of Cognitive Enhancement which looked at the influence a three-month contemplative training course had on a group of adults.