David DeSteno

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David DeSteno is a professor of psychology at Northeastern University, where his work centers on examining how emotions shape social and economic decision-making, as well as on how moral emotions like gratitude and compassion can be leveraged at the individual and societal levels to enhance human flourishing. He is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and the American Psychological Association, for which he serves as editor-in-chief of the journal Emotion. He is the author of three books (The Wall Street Journal psychology bestseller Out of Character [co-authored with Piercarlo Valdesolo], The Truth About Trust, and the forthcoming Emotional Success) and frequently writes about his research for major publications including The New York Times, The Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, Mother Jones, and Pacific Standard.
  • Speaker PopTech 2012
  • Speaker The City Resilient - 6/24
  • Speaker PopTech 2016

Archived blog posts

PopTech and Microsoft Office Envisioning present: Supercreativity - An interactive salon

PopTech and Microsoft Office Envisioning present: Supercreativity - An interactive salon

The Salon was designed to explore pressing questions and gain insights from new constituents – as part of our overall commitment to investigating forces that influence how we work now and into the future. Read more »

David DeSteno on using gratitude and compassion as tools for pursuing success

David DeSteno on using gratitude and compassion as tools for pursuing success

David DeSteno is a professor of psychology at Northeastern University, where his work centers on examining how emotions shape social and economic decision-making, as well as on how moral emotions like gratitude and compassion can be leveraged at the individual and societal levels to enhance human flourishing. His forthcoming book “Emotional Success” strives to show not only how relying on reason and willpower to reach your goals can set you up for failure, but how it can negatively impact our social relationships. Read more »

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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