Dacher Keltner

Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley
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"A new science of power has revealed that power is wielded most effectively when it’s used responsibly by people who are attuned to, and engaged with the needs and interests of others."

Dr. Dacher Keltner’s research focuses on two questions.  A first is the biological and evolutionary origins of human emotion, with a special concentration on compassion, awe, love, and beauty, and how emotions shape all kinds of judgments.  A second is the study of power, status and social class, and the nature of moral intuitions. Keltner is the co-author of two best selling textbooks, one on human emotion, the other on social psychology, as well as the best-selling Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life, published in January 2009 by WW Norton Publishers, and The Compassionate Instinct, also published by WW Norton in 2010. 

Keltner also serves as the Director of the Berkeley Greater Good Science Center. He has presented his research in workshops for health care providers, educators, lawyers, and parents throughout the country.

Academic Background 

PhD, Stanford University

BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

Publications & Media

Videos 

Machiavellian Power – An Outdated Legacy

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A Look Inside the Women's Executive Leadership Program

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Rising to Power with Social Intelligence

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TEDxBerkeley - Dacher Keltner

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The Power Paradox

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Warning Signs for Abuses of Power

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Books 

The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence

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Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life

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The Compassionate Instinct: The Science of Human Goodness

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Understanding Emotions

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Papers & Articles 

The science of touch: why physical contact can make you happier and more successful

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Don’t Let Power Corrupt You

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Why Do We Feel Awe?

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The Perils of Power

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Power Corrupts, But It Doesn’t Have To

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Academic Background 

PhD, Stanford University

BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

Publications & Media

Videos 

Machiavellian Power – An Outdated Legacy

WATCH VIDEO

A Look Inside the Women's Executive Leadership Program

WATCH VIDEO

Rising to Power with Social Intelligence

WATCH VIDEO

TEDxBerkeley - Dacher Keltner

WATCH VIDEO

The Power Paradox

WATCH VIDEO

Warning Signs for Abuses of Power

WATCH VIDEO
VIEW MORE
Books 

The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence

VIEW BOOK

Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life

VIEW BOOK

The Compassionate Instinct: The Science of Human Goodness

VIEW BOOK

Understanding Emotions

VIEW BOOK
VIEW MORE
Papers & Articles 

The science of touch: why physical contact can make you happier and more successful

VIEW PAPER

Don’t Let Power Corrupt You

VIEW PAPER

Why Do We Feel Awe?

VIEW PAPER

The Perils of Power

VIEW PAPER

Power Corrupts, But It Doesn’t Have To

VIEW PAPER
VIEW MORE