Books, Scientific Articles, Book Chapters


Over the last few decades Tania has been active as a writer in multiple ways:  On the one hand, she has been author and editor of several books written for a broader public, partly resulting from large-scale Mind and Life conferences with the Dalai Lama that she has helped to organise. On the other hand, in her role as scientist she has authored more than 120 peer-reviewed scientific papers in high-impact scientific journals and more than 30 book chapters in academic books and handbooks. As her research has received much attention by the press in recent years, she has also written many popular science articles for the print media.

See here for a full list of her peer-reviewed scientific articles.

Available in four languages

Power and Care

This book, edited by Tania and Matthieu Ricard in cooperation with Kate Karius, summarises the content of a Mind and Life conference with the Dalai Lama on the topic of “Power and Care” in Brussels in 2016. Internationally renowned scientists, politicians, economists and artists discuss in dialogue with the Dalai Lama how a healthy balance between the forces of power and care can help solve global problems of our society such as climate change or an increasing inequality gap.

This book is further available in the German, French and Korean languages.

Available in five languages

Caring Economics

The book Caring Economics, edited by Tania and Matthieu Ricard, originated from a conference on “altruism and compassion in economic systems” that they both organised in cooperation with the Mind and Life institute in Zürich in 2010. Highly recognised international researchers and economists discuss together with the Dalai Lama how economic thinking can be reformulated on the basis of the latest research findings from psychology and the neurosciences.

This book is further available in the German, French, Japanese and Korean languages.

Bridging Practice and Science

A Freely Downloadable eBook on Compassion

The freely downloadable eBook by Tania and Matthias Bolz describes existing secular training programs on compassion, the current state of science, and reports of practical experience in introducing compassion in school or clinical settings. The new design of the eBook offers extensive video material, original sound collages by Nathalie Singer, and artistic photos by Olafur Eliasson. For more information about the origin of this collective art-science book, please visit the art page.

You can download the free eBook here on this webpage:

Introduction Video into the E-Book

Two Science Advances Publications about the ReSource Project appeared in 2017

In the past 20 years, Tania has authored more than 120 peer-reviewed scientific articles in high-impact scientific journals such as Science, Nature, Science Advances or Neuron. Furthermore she has written more than 30 chapters in academic books and handbooks.

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Scientific Publications

Selected Publications:

Singer, T., & Engert, V. (2019). It matters what you practice: Differential training effects on subjective experience, behavior, brain and body in the ReSource Project. Current opinion in psychology, 28, 151-158.

Engert, V., Kok, B. E., Papassotiriou, I., Chrousos, G. P., & Singer, T. (2017). Specific reduction in cortisol stress reactivity after social but not attention-based mental training. Science Advances, 3(10).

Valk, S. L., Bernhardt, B. C., Trautwein, M., Böckler, A., Kanske, P., Guizard, N., Collins, D. L., & Singer, T. (2017). Structural plasticity of the social brain: Differential change after socio-affective and cognitive mental training. Science Advances, 3(10).

Singer, T. (2012). The past, present and future of social neuroscience: a European perspective. Neuroimage, 61(2), 437-449.

Singer, T. (2006). The neuronal basis and ontogeny of empathy and mind reading: Review of literature and implications for future research. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 30(6).

Singer, T., Seymour, B., O’Doherty, J. P., Stephan, K. E., Dolan, R. J., & Frith, C. D. (2006). Empathic neural responses are modulated by the perceived fairness of others. Nature, 439(7075), 466–469.

Singer, T., Seymour, B., O’Doherty, J., Kaube, H., Dolan, R. J., & Frith, C. D. (2004). Empathy for pain involves the affective but not sensory components of pain. Science, 303(5661), 1157–1162.