|2014 APS Convention
|May 22–25, 2014 | Hilton Union Square | San Francisco, CA
|Psi Chi Distinguished Lecturer
Dacher Keltner received his BA
from UC Santa Barbara in 1984 and his PhD from Stanford University in 1989. After
a post-doc at UCSF with Paul Ekman, in 1992 he took his first academic job, at
the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In 1996, he returned to Berkeley’s
Psychology Department, where he is now a full professor and director of the
Berkeley Social Interaction Lab (http://socrates.berkeley.edu/~keltner/).
Toward a Science of Awe
Awe remains perhaps the least studied emotion, and the emotion that may most shape our lives. In this talk, I will detail how laboratory and in vivo (near tall trees and expansive views) experiences of awe trigger increased humility, prosociality, and curiosity. I will highlight recent findings illuminating physiological correlates of awe, including covariations with dopamine polymorphisms and cytokine levels. I will conclude with a discussion of our creation of emoticons at Facebook, including those of awe, and their cultural associations.
Dacher Keltner, PhD
University of CA, Berkeley
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Dacher’s research focuses on the
biological and evolutionary origins of compassion, awe, love, beauty, power, social
class, and inequality. He is the coauthor of two textbooks, as well as the
best-selling Born to Be Good: The Science
of a Meaningful Life, and The
Dacher has published over 160
scientific articles, he 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, the BBC, CNN, NPR, The
Wallstreet Journal, and in many other outlets, and been a focus in two
panels with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. He has collaborated with directors at
Pixar, a design team at Facebook, on projects at Google, and was recently
featured in Tom Shadyac’s movie I Am.
He has received the outstanding teacher and research mentor awards from UC
Berkeley and seen 20 of his PhD students and post-doctoral fellows become
professors. WIRED magazine recently
rated Dacher’s podcasts from his course Emotion as one of the five best
educational downloads, and the Utne Reader
selected him as one of its fifty 2008 visionaries.
Dacher serves as the faculty director
of the Berkeley Greater Good Science Center (http://greatergood.berkeley.edu) and
has taught executive education at Stanford and Berkeley for over 15 years. He
lives in Berkeley with his wife, Mollie McNeil, an alumna of Berkeley, and
their two daughters.
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