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Dacher Keltner

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

Adapted from Dacher Keltner's new book, The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence (Penguin Press, May 17, 2016)

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.

 
Explore awe in depth at The Art & Science of Awe, an inspiring day-long event on June 4 at UC Berkeley or via webcast.

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.

 
Dacher Keltner

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.

 
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.

 

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.

 
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."

 

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