Episode 2: Compassion with Rachel Ruttan

Rachel Ruttan’s research is ripe with counterintuitive findings, such as, how past experience overcoming a struggle can actually make us less compassionate to people currently experiencing the same challenge. Or how the pursuit of money can make us feel worse about ourselves. Going behind her fascinating research, listen to how Rachel’s own journey out of poverty informs her work. 

Rachel Ruttan is an assistant professor at the Rotman School of Management, at the University of Toronto. Rachel's research examines issues around moral judgement, values, compassion we feel for others and why we sometimes have lapses in it.  Her work has previously been profiled in the New York Times, NPR and the Harvard Business Review.

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