David DeSteno

A little gratitude can go a long way


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

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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.

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Your iPhone gets emotional

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Virtual humans, relational robots, brain imaging devices, and mobile eye-tracking technologies were among the innovative research projects highlighted at a daylong conference at Northeastern that explored the intersection of emotion science and technology.

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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.

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Can Meditation Make You a More Compassionate Person?

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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.

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Psychology Professor Talks Science of Compassion at PopTech


When someone is victimized, do you see yourself in them in some manner? It could be why you feel compassion toward them.

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Trusty robot helps us understand human social cues

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You’re not sure why, but you don’t trust that guy. You wouldn’t give him a buck because you’re pretty sure he wouldn’t return the favor. What is it about him? Can you put your finger on it?

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