Can Lovingkindness Meditation Increase Trust and Trustworthiness in Strangers?

Can Lovingkindness Meditation Increase Trust and Trustworthiness in Strangers?

Bachelor Thesis from the year 2016 in the subject Economics - Other, grade: 1,0, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) (ECON), language: English, abstract: Kindness and trust are essential part of our society, since they are required everywhere where humans interact with each other. However, nowadays rising societal isolation and distrust within the society can be observed, therefore, we ask the question whether and how these qualities can be fostered. In this study, we designed an economical experiment in order to examine whether the traditional Buddhist practice called lovingkindness meditation can increase trust, trustworthiness and kindness. In order to assess the effects of time spent on practice, one treatment is a brief loving kindness meditation in a controlled laboratory context, while the second is an intervention lasting eight weeks. In comparison to the neutral control groups, a significant increase of trust, trustworthiness and kindness of the lovingkindness meditation group is expected. In addition, we hypothesized that participants of the field experiment will show larger positive effects in these three measurements than those of the laboratory treatment.

Handbook of Research on Cross-Cultural Business Education

Handbook of Research on Cross-Cultural Business Education

Due to the impact of globalization, business practices have been constantly evolving throughout the twenty-first century. Teachers and instructors are faced with the challenges of educating future business leaders on evolving concepts such as diversity, cultural environments, and the integration of countries and economies. Through these challenges, it is critical for educators to understand teaching tools and pedagogical practices that bring this globalized outlook into the classroom. The Handbook of Research on Cross-Cultural Business Education is an important research publication that explores the role of teaching tools used in business education to increase competitive business skills and make them applicable in cross-cultural business environments. It also provides business and management educators with teaching practices that promote learning via exposure to global cultures. Featuring a broad array of topics such as pedagogical modeling, cross-cultural learning, and social responsibility, this is an important resource for business and management educators, business managers, policy makers, researchers, business professionals, and graduate students.