David DeSteno

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David DeSteno is currently a professor of psychology at Northeastern University where he directs the Social Emotions Lab. At the broadest level, DeSteno's lab examines the mechanisms of the mind that shape social behavior. From hypocrisy to compassion, from pride to prejudice, and from honesty to punishment, his work continually reveals that human moral behavior is much more variable than most people would predict. DeSteno is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and editor of the American Psychological Association's journal Emotion. His work has been repeatedly funded by the National Science Foundation and has been regularly featured in the media, including the New York Times, Newsweek, CBS Sunday Morning, NPR, and the Wall Street Journal. He is co-author of the Wall Street Journal Psychology Bestseller "Out of Character," and has written about his research for the New York Times and Boston Globe. DeSteno received his PhD in psychology from Yale.
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David DeSteno pries open the science behind human compassion

David DeSteno directs the Social Emotions Lab at Northeastern University where his research is pulling back the curtain to reveal some of the mechanics that drive human compassion. “It is not the severity or the objective facts of a disaster that motivate us to feel compassion and to help. It is whether or not we see ourselves in the victims.

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This week in PopTech: Mythologies of the not yet, building with biology and why things bounce back

This week in PopTech: Mythologies of the not yet, building with biology and why things bounce back

There’s always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week’s highlights follows.

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Speakers announced for PopTech 2012!

Speakers announced for PopTech 2012!

How does a country in financial crisis rebound? How does a faltering company rally in the face of disaster? How does an individual spring back from personal tragedy?In an age marked by volatility of every kind, how do we help people and systems persist, and even thrive, amid disruption? How do we foster greater resilience?The answers could not be more pressing for companies, communities,

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Wednesday round-up: Highlights, snapshots & quotable moments

Wednesday round-up: Highlights, snapshots & quotable moments

PopTech 2011 is off to an enthusiastic, if slightly soggy, start. Arriving attendees were greeted by the always-smiling volunteer staff and quickly off to their various adventures, which included making cheese, sailing Penobscot Bay with citizen scientist Gale McCollough, and discussing the science of character with psychologist David DeSteno.

Below are some of the day’s highlights,

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