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Dacher Keltner

Dacher Keltner

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Dacher Keltner is a full professor at UC Berkeley and director of the Berkeley Social Interaction Lab ( and faculty director of the Greater Good Science Center ( Dacher’s research focuses the biological and evolutionary origins of compassion, awe, love, and beauty, emotional expression, and power, social class, and inequality. Dacher is the co-author of two textbooks, as well as the best-selling Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life, The Compassionate Instinct, and the The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence from Penguin Press in 2016. Dacher has also written for the New York Times Magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The London Times, and Utne Reader. Of late he has taken delight in translating Social Psychology outside of the lab, serving as a consultant for Pixar’s Inside Out, and at Facebook, Google, Apple, and Twitter.

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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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 of America

  • Phone: (510) 642-5368

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