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Is Technology Changing Our Brains? - Dacher Keltner

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2009/02/05/Dacher_Keltner_in_Conversation "When you look at the literature of human adaptation, what we know is that we are these amazingly exquisite communication instruments," says UC Berkeley psychology professor Dacher Keltner. He fears excessive dependence on technology is "depriving" humans the opportunity to properly develop communication skills. ----- Why have we evolved positive emotions like gratitude, amusement, awe and compassion? Dacher Keltner, professor of psychology at UC Berkeley, offers a profound study of how emotion is the key to living the good life. - Los Angeles Public Library Dacher Keltner, Professor of Psychology, is a social psychologist who focuses on the prosocial emotions, such as love, sympathy and gratitude, and processes such as teasing and flirtation that enhance bonds. He has conducted empirical studies in three areas of inquiry. A first looks at the determinant and effects of power, hierarchy and social class. A second in concerned with the morality of everyday life, and how we negotiate moral truths in teasing, gossip, and other reputational matters. A third and primary focus in on the biological and evolutionary basis of the benevolent affects, including compassion, awe, love, gratitude, and laughter and modesty. Professor Keltner is Co-Director of The Greater Good Science Center. Keltner is most recently the author of Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life.
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