Dacher Keltner, Ph.D., is the executive editor of Greater Good, 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
Articles: The Compassionate SpeciesBy 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 CompassionBy Dacher Keltner | July 30, 2012
Dacher Keltner explains why Darwin thought compassion is humans’ strongest instinct.
Videos and Podcasts: Secrets of the Vagus NerveBy 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.
Videos and Podcasts: Dacher Keltner on the Evolutionary Roots of CompassionBy 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.
Videos and Podcasts: Teach Compassion: Dacher KeltnerBy 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.
Articles: Hands On Research: The Science of TouchBy Dacher Keltner | September 29, 2010
Dacher Keltner explains how compassion is literally at our fingertips.
Videos and Podcasts: Dacher Keltner on TouchBy 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.”
Articles: Born to BlushBy Dacher Keltner | May 1, 2009
Dacher Keltner reveals why embarrassment is good for all of us
Articles: From the Editors: Summer 2008By Dacher Keltner, Jason Marsh | Summer 2008
Are we really living in a “post-racial” America?
Articles: From the Editors: Spring 08By Dacher Keltner, Jason Marsh, Jeremy Adam Smith | Spring 2008
Articles: The Power ParadoxBy Dacher Keltner | Winter 2007-08
True power requires modesty and empathy, not force and coercion, argues Dacher Keltner. But what people want from leaders—social intelligence—is what is damaged by the experience of power.
Articles: Body LanguageBy Dacher Keltner | Winter 2007-08
Dacher Keltner reveals the stories behind everyday gestures.
Articles: Body LanguageBy Dacher Keltner | Summer 2007
Dacher Keltner reveals the science behind everyday gestures
Articles: From The Editors: Fall/Winter 2006-07By Dacher Keltner, Jason Marsh | Fall/Winter 2006-07
Articles: We Are All BystandersBy Jason Marsh, Dacher Keltner | Fall/Winter 2006-07
But we don’t have to be. Dacher Keltner and Jason Marsh explain why we sometimes shackle our moral instincts, and how we can set them free.
Most of the time, gratitude is good. But research finds that there are situations when "thank you" may be the wrong response.
It's easy to feel grateful when life is good, says Robert Emmons. But when disaster strikes, gratitude is worth the effort.
Job satisfaction is at record lows. What does it take to overcome the fear of change, especially in tough economic times?
These two books give us insights into how brain science can help us understand our nature, improve our lives, and help us empathize with those who may have memory lapses.
A new study finds that training in compassion makes us more altruistic—and explores the neuroscience behind why.
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Greater Good Resources
- "Gratitude and Prosocial Behavior"
Finds that feeling gratitude produces kind and helpful behavior, even when that behavior is costly to the individual actor.
- "Compassion: An Evolutionary Analysis and Empirical Review"
Compassion evolved as a distinct affective experience whose function is to enable cooperation and protection of those who...
- "From Jerusalem to Jericho"
This article on bystander intervention in emergency situations suggests that we are likely to help a “shabbily dressed”...
- Center for Investigating Healthy Minds
The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, runs a state-of-the-art neuroscience...
- Northeast Foundation for Children
Northeast Foundation for Children is a non-profit educational organization that offers educators the Responsive Classroom...
- Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship
Based at the University of Michigan Business School, this is a networking community for researchers and practitioners...
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