Understanding Our Emotions and Our Potential for Goodness Panel Discussion

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Dacher Keltner, PhD, Matthieu Ricard, PhD and Michelle Shiota, PhD

Understanding Our Emotions and Our Potential for Goodness Panel Discussion

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About Dacher Keltner, PhD

Dacher Keltner is a Professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley and Faculty Director of the Greater Good Science Center. He has published over 200 articles and six books. He has won many research, teaching, and service awards, consulted for Pixar, the Sierra Club, and the Center for Constitutional Rights, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

About Matthieu Ricard, PhD

Matthieu Ricard is an author, photographer and translator. He first visited India in 1967, where he met many of the great spiritual masters from Tibet. After completing his Ph.D. degree in cell genetics in 1972, he moved to the Himalayan region where he became a Buddhist monk and has been living for the past 45 years. His books include Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World. He devotes all the proceedings of his activities to humanitarian projects in Asia, through Karuna-Shechen, his organization which benefits over 350,000 people every year. Matthieu has been part of the Mind and Life Institute since 2000.

You can learn more about his work by visiting his website.

About Michelle Shiota, PhD

Michelle “Lani” Shiota is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University, and Director of ASU's Substance Abuse Translational Research Network (SATRN). Her research investigates positive emotions, emotion regulation, emotional processes in close relationships, and emotion-related mechanisms of health behavior change. She is an editor of the Handbook of Positive Emotions (Guilford), and author of the textbook Emotion (Oxford University Press). Beyond her academic identity, she maintains an active artistic life as a performing singer, dancer, and dance instructor.

You can find out more about her research here.

About Eve Ekman, PhD

Eve Ekman is a contemplative social scientist focusing on emotional awareness working in health care, wellbeing, and technology. Eve draws from interdisciplinary skills and first-person experiential knowledge from clinical social work, integrative medicine, contemplative science, and meditation. Eve is a Senior Fellow at the University of California Berkeley Greater Good Science Center, Director of Cultivating Emotional Balance Training Program, and volunteer clinical faculty at the UCSF Department of Pediatrics. Eve is a second-generation emotion researcher and has collaborated with her father, Paul Ekman, on the Atlas of Emotions project. Eve shares her dad's deep love of bagels and is a devout practitioner of cold water ocean play.

To learn more about her work you can visit the Atlas of Emotions, an online website for emotional awareness commissioned by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and co-created by Eve and Paul Ekman. You can also learn more about a contemplative science training for learning emotional balance that was founded by Alan Wallace and Paul Ekman and is currently lead by Eve Ekman and a global teacher network at Cultivating Emotion Balance.

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  1. ju May 4, 2021 at 8:29 am - Reply

    Pra que esperarmos se podemos esperançar? Uma alegria esse encontro!

  2. supreet puri May 4, 2021 at 8:42 am - Reply

    very enlightening discussion on how positive emotions impacts our wellbeing . Also got insight on the nature of happiness and consciousness especially from the bhuddist prospective.
    Gratitude to the speakers and organizers .

  3. Mayleen Graham May 4, 2021 at 10:10 am - Reply

    Beautiful session. 🙏

  4. Catherina May 4, 2021 at 10:29 am - Reply

    Absolutely amazing information and what an enjoyable way of guiding it, Eve! Thank you!

  5. gabe May 4, 2021 at 10:53 am - Reply


  6. Jan Crutchfield May 4, 2021 at 11:55 am - Reply

    Greetings from the northern tip of the Olympic Peninsula in WA State. Gratitude for these offerings which feel like heart-food.

  7. Rodica Zimbru May 4, 2021 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    It was a great pleasure to listen to you all. Thank you!

  8. Susanna May 4, 2021 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    Wonderful session. Thanks!

  9. Paula Rodrigues May 4, 2021 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    It was a pleasure for me to listen to you, guys. Thank you so much. You inspired me a lot. I did the Dacher Keltner course and it was lifechanging for me.

  10. Amani May 6, 2021 at 10:25 am - Reply

    Thank you so much, Dr. Keltner, for pointing out the terrible mass incarceration system in the US and the painful fact that it is white privileged people who determine what is good or bad in the establishment. We need to face this to create real change!

  11. Maggie May 10, 2021 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    Great and inspired Talks, many thanks to all the speakers

  12. Sallie Lee May 11, 2021 at 6:12 am - Reply

    Absolutely wonderful, enriching discussion. Thank you.

  13. Subhalakshmi Modak May 14, 2021 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    A very insightful discussion…full of wisdom and goodness.

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