Talks & Podcasts

  • “Power and Care” – Mind & Life Dialogue – Session 5

    09th-11th September 2016, Brussels, Belgium. On how power and care are two primary elements that may not be opposed but rather coexist as a condition of dynamic and constructive equilibrium. Discussion on the issue of “empowerment” as a component of engagement and care as an expression of responsibility for our planet and its civilisations. 


  • “Power and Care” – Mind & Life Dialogue – Session 2

    09th-11th September 2016, Brussels, Belgium. On the psychological and neuroscientific bases of power and care. Humans are equipped with different “motives” that influence our behaviour and interaction with others. How can psychology and neuroscience contribute to the formulation of new models of global cooperation and responsibility?


  • Motivations, Emotions, Decisions – New Economic Thinking

    30th April 2015, Paris, France. Tania and Dennis J. Snower talk at the Institute for New Economic Thinking conference session on Motivations, Emotions, Decisions, on bridging neurosciences and psychology with macro economics and on using Caring Economics to conceive human prosperity in terms of deeper sources of durable human wellbeing. 


  • Interview with Marco Meier, KKLImpuls, Lucerne

    27th April 2015, Lucerne, Switzerland. “You can learn to feel more”. As part of the KKL Impuls series of talks, Tania Singer speaks with publicist Marco Meier about emotional networks in the brain, the outdated concept of homo economicus and how to learn to feel more.


  • Tania Singer: ReSource – Training for Mind and Heart

    24th April 2015, Götzis, Austria. Many people feel that their fellow human beings are becoming more self-centred and inconsiderate. Tania talks about the ReSource and how empathy and compassion could be decisive feelings in transforming the world towards an economy based on solidarity, the careful use of resources and the fair distribution of wealth.


  • World Economic Forum in Davos

    21st-24th January 2015, Davos, Switzerland. “The Neuroscience of Compassion” (English). Tania Singer speaks at the World Economic Forum about the role of compassion in society and the economy from the perspective of social neuroscience.


  • Ideas Lab, World Economic Forum, Davos, 2014

    21st-25th January 2014, Davos, Switzerland. “The Role of Human Nature in Economics” (English). The lecture is in Pecha Kucha format and lasts 5 minutes. Can we train our brains to make us less power hungry and more compassionate? Tania explains how we can learn how to move to a new cooperative and caring economy.


  • Digital Life Design (DLD) Conference, Munich

    19th-21st January 2014, Munich, Germany. “How to Train Your Mind and Your Heart” (English). On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the DLD Conference, Tania Singer speaks about her research and about how the heart and mind can be trained.


  • From Business to Being – Teaser

    9th November 2013. Tania talks in the documentary “From Business to Being” by Hanna Henigin and Julian Wildgruber on Caring Economics — how altruism and compassion should be brought into the economy and using neurosciences and psychology to revise the outdated homo economicus model. 


  • Tania on Overcoming Compassion Fatigue

    19th September 2013. Tania talks about what compassion and empathy are and the differences between them by definition and from what one can see in the brain. She elaborates on compassion and empathy training and the consequences of too much empathy without compassion. 


  • Tania Singer on Compassion eBook

    19th September 2013. Tania talks about the process of bringing together a group of people working on compassion research to the “Life is Space” symposium held at Studio Olafur Eliason in Berlin in 2011, and how these magical four days resulted in the “Compassion” eBook. 


  • Raising Compassion – A film by Tómas Gislason

    16th September 2013, Berlin, Germany. A collection of informal conversations between neuroscientists, psychologists, and Buddhist monks at the 2011 “How to Train Compassion” workshop on the public perception of compassion, experiences with compassion training programs, and promoting compassion training in dealing with social and political issues. 


  • Thomas Metzinger and Tania Singer on Mental Training (in schools)

    19th October 2012. “ZDF Nachtstudio: Das neue Menschenbild – trotz allem gut statt böse?” (German). Philosopher Thomas Metzinger and Tania talk about the implementation of mental training based on meditation in schools and how this is related to research on the plasticity of the brain through experiences. 


  • Life Is Space: Tania Singer – Compassion and the Brain

    1st January 2011, Berlin, Germany. Tania discusses compassion and the brain during the “Life Is Space” symposium held at Studio Olafur Eliasson. “Life Is Space” brought scientists, artists, scholars, dancers, theorists, spatial practitioners and movement experts together with students at the Institut für Raumexperimente to share, discuss, present, and experiment. 


  • Falling Walls Conference, Berlin, 2010

    8th-9th November 2010, Berlin, Germany. “Breaking the Wall between People” (English). At this conference, Tania Singer talks about her research in social neuroscience and how compassion can be trained.