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Dacher Keltner

Dacher Keltner

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Dacher Keltner is the author of Born To Be Good: The Science of A Meaningful Life. He is also the author of Social Psychology, with Tom Gilovich and Richard Nisbett; Understanding Emotions (2nd edition), with Keith Oatley and Jennifer Jenkins; and The Compassionate Instinct, with Jason Marsh and Jeremy Smith. In addition to his scientific writing, Professor Keltner has written for the Utne Reader and the New York Times Magazine. Among many teaching and research awards, he was recently named by the Utne Reader as one of 50 visionaries for 2008.

Professor Keltner is also founding director of the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley. After its creation, he secured funding from the Herb Alpert Foundation and the Quality of Life Foundation to develop a magazine, web site, and speaker series that translates the theories, insights, findings, and practices of the social psychology of compassion and cooperation for a broad audience of educators, policy makers, health care providers, and interested citizens.

Primary Interests:

  • Aggression, Conflict, Peace
  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Close Relationships
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Evolution and Genetics
  • Group Processes
  • Helping, Prosocial Behavior
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Life Satisfaction, Well-Being
  • Neuroscience, Psychophysiology
  • Nonverbal Behavior

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Journal Articles:

  • Goetz, J. L., Keltner, D., & Simon-Thomas, E. (2010). Compassion: An evolutionary analysis and empirical review. Psychological Bulletin, 136(3), 351-374.
  • Keltner, D., & Haidt, J. (1999). Social functions of emotions at multiple levels of analysis. Cognition and Emotion, 13(5), 505-522.
  • Keltner, D., Horberg, E. J., & Oveis, C. (2006). Emotional intuitions and moral play. Social Justice Research, 19, 208-217.
  • Keltner, D., Van Kleef, G. A., Chen, S., & Kraus, M. W. (2008). A reciprocal influence model of social power: Emerging principles and lines of inquiry. Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, 40, 151-192.

Other Publications:

  • Keltner, D., Horberg, E. J., & Oveis, C. (2006). Emotions as moral intuitions. In J. P. Forgas (Ed.), Affect in social thinking and behavior (pp. 161-175). New York: Psychology Press.
  • Keltner, D., & Lerner, J. S. (2010). Emotion. In D. T. Gilbert, S. T. Fiske, & G. Lindsay (Eds.), The handbook of social psychology (5th ed.). New York: McGraw Hill.
  • Keltner, D., & Oveis, C. (2007). Elevation. In R. F. Baumeister & K. D. Vohs (Eds.), Encyclopedia of social psychology (Vol. 1, p. 283). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Courses Taught:

  • Evolution of Ethics
  • Graduate Seminar on Human Emotion
  • Human Emotion
  • Human Happiness
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Social Conflict
  • Social Psychology Graduate Core Course

Dacher Keltner
Department of Psychology
3210 Tolman Hall
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California 94720
United States

  • Phone: (510) 642-5368

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