Dacher Keltner
  • Born To Be Good: The Science of A Meaningful Life

    In Born to Be Good, Dacher Keltner demonstrates that humans are not hardwired to lead lives that are "nasty, brutish, and short" &mash; we are in fact born to be good. He investigates an old mystery of human evolution: why have we evolved positive emotions like gratitude, amusement, awe, and compassion that promote ethical action and are the fabric of cooperative societies?

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  • Social Psychology, with Tom Gilovich and Richard Nisbett

    Description from Amazon: "Three major figures from the field of social psychology lead us on an exploration to better understand our social lives. This elegantly written book returns to the classic roots of the field by placing the focus on understanding phenomena from our everyday lives. Theories and experiments are then used to explain these everyday phenomena. Along the way, the authors draw on some of the classic ideas in the field like the power of the situation and the centrality of the fundamental attribution error to explain how we view our world and interact with others. Evolution, culture, emotion, gender, and social neuroscience resonate throughout to reveal how contemporary approaches are providing us with a more comprehensive understanding of the ways in which our social worlds work. This book is certain to be the standard survey for many years to come."

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  • Understanding Emotions, 2nd Edition, with Keith Oatley and Jennifer Jenkins

    Description from Amazon: "Keith Oatley and Jennifer M. Jenkins's best-selling book on the psychology of emotions is the most highly regarded and engaging text for the emotions course. While retaining its interdisciplinary breadth, historical insights, and engaging format, this new edition adds the expertise of outstanding researcher and dedicated teacher Dacher Keltner. The second edition has been thoroughly updated to reflect the latest research and developments in emotions."

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