Dacher Keltner

Books that inspired “I AM”

Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life

The Compassionate Instinct: The Science of Human Goodness

Other Books

Understanding Emotions

Social Psychology (Second Edition)




About Dacher

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Dr. Keltner is a Professor of Psychology and the Director of  Greater Good Science Center( http://www.greatergoodscience.org) which offers free resources to the public on how to put the science of well being into action. He received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Stanford University in 1989. In 1992, after completing a postdoctorate at UCSF with Paul Ekman, he took his first academic job, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He then returned to Berkeley’s Psychology Department in 1996, where he is now a full professor.

Dr. Keltner’s research focuses on two time-honored questions: A first is the biological and evolutionary origins of human goodness, with a special concentration on compassion, awe, love, and beauty; a second is the study of power, status and social class, and the nature of moral intuitions. Dr. Keltner is the coauthor of two best-selling textbooks, one on human emotion, the other on social psychology, as well as Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life, published in January 2009. He has published over 100 scientific articles, has written for the New York Times Magazine, the London Times, and Utne Reader, and has received numerous national prizes and grants for his research. His research has been covered in Time, Newsweek, the New York Times, on the BBC, CNN, and NPR, and in many other outlets. Dr. Keltner also serves as coeditor of the Greater Good Science Center’s online magazine,
Greater Good. He lives in Berkeley with his wife, an alumna of Berkeley, and their two daughters.
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