Recorded in February 2020, this episode of the Matrix Podcast features an interview between Professor Michael Watts, Emeritus "Class of 1963" Professor of Geography and Development Studies at UC Berkeley, and Dacher Keltner, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Berkeley Social Interaction Laboratory. Keltner is also the Faculty Director of the Greater Good Science Center.
Professor Keltner’s research focuses the biological and evolutionary origins of emotion, in particular prosocial states such as compassion, awe, love, and beauty, and power, social class, and inequality. He is the co-author of Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life, The Compassionate Instinct: The Science of Human Goodness, and The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence. Keltner has published over 200 scientific articles, written for many media outlets, and consulted for the Center for Constitutional Rights (to help end solitary confinement), Google, Facebook, the Sierra Club, and for Pixar’s Inside Out.