Dacher Keltner

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Dacher Keltner is a professor of psychology at University of California, Berkeley, and director of the Greater Good Science Center, formerly known as the Center for the Development of Peace and Well-Being. Keltner received his B.A. in psychology and sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, he received his Ph.D. from Stanford University, and he completed three years of post-doctoral work with Paul Ekman at the University of California, San Francisco. He is the author of more than 140 scholarly articles and several books.

Current research in his Berkeley Social Interaction Laboratory focuses on prosocial behavior, compassion, power and moral reasoning, social class, and collective emotions.

Greater Good Science Center[edit]

The Greater Good Science Center publishes an online magazine called Greater Good.

Theory of Power[edit]

Together with Deborah H. Gruenfeld of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Cameron Anderson at Berkeley, Keltner has developed a theory of power that aims to present an integrative account of the effects of power on human behaviour, suggesting that the acquisition of power has a disinhibiting effect regarding the social consequences of exercising it.[1][2][3]


  • Keltner, Dacher, Keith Oatley, and Jennifer M. Jenkins.Understanding Emotions 3rd ed. scheduled for 2014. ISBN 9781118147436; [4] prev. ed. published by Blackwell Publishers, 1996
  • Keltner, Dacher, Jason Marsh, and Jeremy Adam Smith, editors, The Compassionate Instinct: The Science of Human Goodness. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 2010. ISBN 9780393337280 [5]
  • Keltner, Dacher. Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 2009. ISBN 9780393337136 In 991 libraries according to WorldCat [6]
    • translated into Dutch by Peter van Huizen as De mens is niet slecht : emoties als bron van goed en zinvol leven ISBN 9789079001156
  • Gilovich, Thomas, Dacher Keltner, and Richard E. Nisbett. Social Psychology. New York: W.W. Norton, 2006 ISBN


  1. ^ Lehrer, Jonah (14 August 2010). "The Power Trip". The Wall Street Journal. Contrary to the Machiavellian cliché, nice people are more likely to rise to power. Then something strange happens: Authority atrophies the very talents that got them there. 
  2. ^ Robertson, Ian H. (March 2013). "How power affects the brain". British Psychological Society. 
  3. ^ Keltner, Dacher; Gruenfeld, Deborah H; Anderson, Cameron (2003). "Power, Approach and Inhibition". Psychological Review 110 (2): 265–284. doi:10.1037/0033-295X.110.2.265. 
  4. ^ WorldCat
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  6. ^ WorldCat book record

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