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Greater Good Science Center

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The Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) is a center located at the University of California, Berkeley.


The center was founded by Dacher Keltner in 2001, with a donation from UC Berkeley alumni Thomas and Ruth Hornaday following the death of their daughter from cancer.[1] Based at the University of California, Berkeley, it sponsors scientific research into social and emotional well-being. The center draws upon academic fields such as psychology, sociology, education, economics, and neuroscience in its research. It publishes an online magazine, Greater Good; a podcast, The Science of Happiness; the Greater Good in Action website; and classes and events.[2]

Podcasts and print magazine[edit]

The center produces the podcast The Science of Happiness.[3] Greater Good magazine (ISSN 1553-3239; 2004-2009) was a quarterly magazine published by the center, edited by Dacher Keltner, of the University of California, Berkeley,[1] and journalist Jason Marsh.[4] The magazine highlighted scientific research into the roots of compassion, altruism, and empathy and included stories of compassion in action, providing a bridge between social scientists and parents, educators, community leaders, and policy makers.[5] The magazine was nominated by the Utne Reader as one of the top independent publications in the country.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Dacher Keltner pursues happiness (and other things) at the Greater Good Science Center". oslc.org. Retrieved 2016-09-28.
  2. ^ "Our Mission". ggsc.berkeley.edu. Retrieved 2017-12-05.
  3. ^ "Our Story". berkeley.edu. Retrieved 2019-05-21.
  4. ^ "Our Mission". truth-out.org. Retrieved 2016-09-28.
  5. ^ "Our Mission". Greater Good Magazine. the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley. Retrieved 2017-10-12.
  6. ^ "Utne Independent Press Awards Nominees 2009". utne.com. 2009-12-04. Retrieved 2016-09-28.


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