David DeSteno

Professor Email: d.desteno@neu.edu Phone: 671.373.7884


Ph.D. Social Psychology, Yale University, 1996
M.Phil. Social Psychology, Yale University, 1994
M.S. Social Psychology, Yale University, 1993
A.B. Psychology, Vassar College, 1990

Area(s) of Expertise

Social Psychology

Research Interests

Dr. DeSteno’s research centers on the role of emotion in social cognition and social behavior. His lab takes a multilevel and multiprocess approach to examining the psychological functions, phenomenologies, and sequelae that are associated with discrete emotional states. Current projects focus on the effects of emotions on several types of social judgment (e.g., moral decision making, risk assessment, prejudice) as well as on behaviors fundamental to social living (e.g., trust and cooperation, prosocial action, organizational behavior, altruism, aggression).

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Curriculum Vitae


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A little gratitude can go a long way

Psychology professor David DeSteno was recently featured in an article about gratitude and financial patience.

Can Gratitude Reduce Costly Impatience?

In a potentially landmark study forthcoming in the journal Psychological Science, a team of researchers from Northeastern University, the University of California, Riverside, and Harvard Kennedy School demonstrate that feelings of gratitude automatically reduce financial impatience.

Bold ideas take flight at TEDxNortheasternU

Commercial space flight. Empowering foster children. Human emotion and social resilience. These were among the many topics and initiatives speakers explored Saturday at TEDxNortheasternU, attended by 100 Northeastern students and designed to share bold ideas in the community.

Compassion, Trust, Morality – Can you gauge it?

Psychology professor David DeSteno talks about his work in his lab, The Social Emotions Group, which studies emotions and social behavior.

Can Meditation Make You a More Compassionate Person?

Scientists have mostly focused on the benefits of meditation for the brain and the body, but a recent study by Northeastern University’s David DeSteno, published in Psychological Science, takes a look at what impacts meditation has on interpersonal harmony and compassion. Several religious traditions have suggested that mediation does just that, but there has been no scientific proof—until now.