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David DeSteno

Social Emotions Researcher

David DeSteno is professor of psychology at Northeastern University where he directs the Social Emotions Lab. After receiving his PhD from Yale University, DeSteno has dedicated his career to exploring the multifaceted ways in which emotional experiences shape decision-making and social behavior. His lab is internationally renowned for its findings and paradigms related to studying social emotions and moral behavior in real-time. From compassion to hypocrisy, gratitude to pride, generosity to jealousy, and cooperation to discrimination, DeSteno’s work has been on the cutting-edge of explorations into the linkages between emotion and the social mind.

DeSteno’s research regularly appears in the top journals in the field and has been repeatedly funded by the National Science Foundation. He is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and also serves as the editor for the American Psychological Association’s journal Emotion. In addition to scientific outlets, DeSteno’s work is frequently featured in mass media outlets such as The New York Times (including the NYT Year In Ideas), The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The Boston Globe, NPR, and the NYT Freakonomics Blog (for which he has served as a guest blogger). His first book based on this work, Out of Character: Surprising Truths About the Liar, Cheat, Sinner (and Saint) Lurking in All of Us, was a Wall Street Journal psychology bestseller. He is also recognized as an engaging and illuminating speaker for scientific and general audiences alike.


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