Gaelle is the Grants & Science Manager of the Mind & Life Institute, where she oversees the grants programs. A trained neuroscientist, she was previously on the research faculty at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where she led research studies focused on the effects of meditation practice on the brain using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). She is also a Mind & Life Fellow. She is especially interested in contemplative practices to cultivate compassion and a felt sense of connection with everyone.

This profile was last updated on June 9, 2020

Mind & Life Connections

2018
2017

Think Tanks

Conceptualizing Compassion: A Heuristic Model

Andrew Dreitcer, Brooke D. Lavelle, Paul Condon, Helen Weng, Wendy Hasenkamp, Gaelle Desbordes, Yoona Kang, Paul Gilbert, John Makransky, Wendy Farley, Eve Ekman, Jennifer Mascaro

Topics: Compassion & Empathy

2014

2014 International Symposium for Contemplative Studies Session

Concurrent Session 1 – Is Compassion Good? The Science and the Conception of Prosocial Behavior

Paul Condon, Jake Davis, Gaelle Desbordes, John Makransky, Erin Robbins, Brooke D. Lavelle

Topics: Compassion & Empathy | Interconnection

2014 International Symposium for Contemplative Studies Session

Concurrent Session 1 – Can We Measure Mental Balance? Scientific and Contemplative Perspectives On Equanimity

Gaelle Desbordes, Dusana Dorjee, Elizabeth Hoge, Catherine Kerr, Sara Lazar, Andrew Olendzki, David Vago

Topics: Brain & Cognitive Science | Contemplative Wisdom | Mindfulness

2010
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