Professor Dacher Keltner, PhD

Professor Dacher Keltner
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Stanford University
Every human has a chance to be mindful, to practice gratitude, to find beauty in nature, to give to other people. All of those things are very good for health and well-being, and can counter the negative effects of both power and powerlessness.

Dacher Keltner, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and the faculty director of the Greater Good Science Center. His research focuses on the biological and evolutionary origins of emotion—in particular, prosocial states, such as compassion, awe, love, and beauty—as well as power, social class, and inequality.

He is the author of Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life; The Compassionate Instinct: The Science of Human Goodness; and The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence. Dr. Keltner has published more than 200 scientific articles written for many media outlets and has consulted for the Center for Constitutional Rights (to help end solitary confinement), Google, Facebook, the Sierra Club, and Pixar’s Inside Out.

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