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Dacher Keltner

 

Dacher Keltner, Ph.D., is the founding director of the Greater Good Science Center and a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence and Born to Be Good, and a co-editor of The Compassionate Instinct.

 
 
  

Stories by Dacher Keltner

Videos and Podcasts: Why Awe Is Such an Important Emotion

By Dacher Keltner | August 3, 2016

Dacher Keltner gives an overview of the young science of awe, from how it’s expressed to its benefits for health and well-being.

 

Articles: How to Find Your Power—and Avoid Abusing It

By Dacher Keltner | May 17, 2016

In an adaptation from his new book, Dacher Keltner explains the secret to gaining and keeping power: focus on the good of others.

 

Articles: Why Do We Feel Awe?

By Dacher Keltner | May 10, 2016

According to Dacher Keltner, there are important evolutionary reasons: It's good for our minds, bodies, and social connections.

 

Articles: Does Wealth Reduce Compassion?

By BerkeleyWellness, Dacher Keltner | December 17, 2015

Dacher Keltner discusses his lab's research into the effect that wealth has on people's generosity and sense of connectedness.

 

Articles: How Gratitude Beats Materialism

By Jason Marsh, Dacher Keltner | January 8, 2015

New studies reveal how to deliberately cultivate gratitude in ways that counter materialism and its negative effects.

 

Articles: Are Facial Expressions Universal?

By Paul Ekman, Dacher Keltner | March 12, 2014

Charles Darwin argued that we can detect someone’s emotional state by looking at her face. Does new research prove him wrong?

 

Articles: Eight Ways to Find More Meaning at Work

By Morten Hansen, Dacher Keltner | November 4, 2013

Does your job seem dull and meaningless? Morten Hansen and Dacher Keltner point the way out.

 

Articles: The Compassionate Species

By Dacher Keltner | July 31, 2012

The vulnerability of our children transformed human relationships, argues Dacher Keltner, and made compassion essential to our survival.

 

Videos and Podcasts: The Evolutionary Roots of Compassion

By Dacher Keltner | July 30, 2012

Dacher Keltner explains why Darwin thought compassion is humans’ strongest instinct.

 

Videos and Podcasts: Secrets of the Vagus Nerve

By Dacher Keltner | July 30, 2012

Dacher Keltner shares his research on the vagus nerve, a key nexus of mind and body and a biological building block of human compassion.

 

Articles: Generation Wii… or Generation We?

By Dacher Keltner | May 22, 2012

In this commencement address, Dacher Keltner asks today's graduates to look for the best in themselves and in humanity.

 

Slide Presentation: The Science of Happiness

By Dacher Keltner | April 27, 2012

Dacher Keltner's presentation on how and why to cultivate happiness.

 

Slide Presentation: Building Compassion, Reducing Stress

By Dacher Keltner | April 8, 2011

Dacher Keltner's presentation on the science and practice of compassion, empathy, and altruism, delivered at the Greater Good Science Center's seminar, "The Science of a Meaningful Life: Building Compassion, Reducing Stress."

 

Slide Presentation: Seeds of Compassion, Roots of Empathy

By Dacher Keltner | December 3, 2010

Dacher Keltner's presentation on the science and practice of compassion, empathy, and altruism.

 

Slide Presentation: Thriving Families: Insights from the Science of A Meaningful Life

By Dacher Keltner | November 13, 2010

Presentation on the keys to happy kids and compassionate families.

 

Slide Presentation: Building Compassion, Trust, and Happiness

By Dacher Keltner | November 5, 2010

Presentation delivered at the Greater Good Science Center's seminar, "The Science of a Meaningful Life: Building Compassion, Trust, and Happiness"

 

Articles: Hands On Research: The Science of Touch

By Dacher Keltner | September 29, 2010

Dacher Keltner explains how compassion is literally at our fingertips.

 

Videos and Podcasts: Dacher Keltner on Touch

By Dacher Keltner | September 29, 2010

Dacher Keltner shares insights from the new science of touch: compassionate communication, touch therapies, and proof that “to touch is to give life.”

 

Slide Presentation: Goodness, Evil, and Everyday Heroism

By Dacher Keltner | February 26, 2010

Presentation delivered at the Greater Good Science Center's seminar, "The Science of a Meaningful Life: Goodness, Evil, and Everyday Heroism."

 

Slide Presentation: “Why to Be Good, How to Be Happy”

By Dacher Keltner | September 10, 2009

Presentation delivered at the Greater Good Science Center's seminar, "The Science of a Meaningful Life: Why to Be Good, How to Be Happy."

 

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