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Dacher Keltner

Dacher Keltner

 

Dacher Keltner, Ph.D., is the founding faculty director of the Greater Good Science Center and a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the author of Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life and a co-editor of The Compassionate Instinct: The Science of Human Goodness.

 
 
  

Stories by Dacher Keltner

Six photographs used by Silvan Tomkins in 1962.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

 
The GGSC’s faculty director explains new discoveries revealing the evolutionary roots of human compassion.

Videos and Podcasts: Dacher Keltner on the Evolutionary Roots of Compassion

By Dacher Keltner | July 27, 2012

The GGSC’s faculty director explains new discoveries revealing the evolutionary roots 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.

 
The founding director of the Greater Good Science Center explains how humans are wired for compassion.
Presented as part of the TEDxGoldenGateED event on June 11, 2011.

Videos and Podcasts: Teach Compassion: Dacher Keltner

By Dacher Keltner | June 11, 2011

The founding director of the Greater Good Science Center explains how humans are wired for compassion.
Presented as part of the TEDxGoldenGateED event on June 11, 2011.

 

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.

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

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."

 

Slide Presentation: “Compassion, Mindfulness, and Well-Being”

By Dacher Keltner | May 15, 2009

Presentation delivered at the Greater Good Science Center's seminar, "The Science of a Meaningful Life: Compassion, Mindfulness, and Well-Being."

 

Articles: Born to Blush

By Dacher Keltner | May 1, 2009

Dacher Keltner reveals why embarrassment is good for all of us

 

Slide Presentation: “Beyond Happiness: Jen Science & the Good Life”

By Dacher Keltner | April 30, 2009

Part of Cal Discover Lecture Series.

 

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