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Psi Chi Distinguished Lecture:
The Science of
Inside Out
Dacher Keltner, PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Due to popular request, you are invited to experience the very first video recording of an official Psi Chi Distinguished Lecture. In the video, Dr. Dacher Keltner, a consultant on Pixar’s Inside Out, details some of the science-based insights that led to elements of the film. He focuses in particular on four themes:

that people are their emotion;

that emotions guide our thought and memory;

that emotions shape our social interactions; and

that the good life requires a mixture of many emotions, both negative and positive.
This video was filmed at the 2016 WPA Convention in Long Beach, CA, on April 29, 2016. Anyone wanting to learn more about Dr. Keltner’s Inside Out involvement may also check out a recent interview in Eye on Psi Chi magazine.

Dacher Keltner, PhD, is a full professor at the University of California, Berkeley and director of the Berkeley Social Interaction Lab ( and faculty director of the Greater Good Science Center ( Dr. Keltner’s research focuses on the biological and evolutionary origins of compassion, awe, love, and beauty, emotional expression, 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 Compassionate Instinct. His next book, The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence,will be released in May with Penguin Press. Dr. Keltner has published more than 190 scientific articles. He has written for the New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The London Times, and Utne Reader, and has received numerous national prizes and grants for his research. He served as a consultant for Pixar’s Inside Out and has worked at Facebook and Google on emotion-related projects. WIRED magazine recently rated Dr. Keltner’s podcasts from his course Emotion as one of the five best educational downloads, and the Utne Reader selected him for one of its fifty 2008 visionaries.

Ethan A. McMahan, PhD
Western Oregon University
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