The Science of Interpersonal Peace

Broadcast on July 25, 2012
With Emiliana Simon-Thomas

Emiliana Simon-Thomas

The Science of a Meaningful Life
Emiliana Simon-Thomas earned her doctorate in Cognition Brain and Behavior at UC Berkeley. Using behavioral, EEG and fMRI methods, her dissertation examined how negative states like fear and aversion influence thinking and decision-making. During her postdoc, Emiliana moved into the positive terrain to study care/nurturance, love of humanity, compassion and awe under the mentorship of Dacher Keltner. From signaling, perceiving and self-reporting of emotions to peripheral autonomic and neural indices of emotion to understanding the psychosocial benefits of emotional authenticity and connection, Emiliana continues to examine the potential for enhancing everything pro-social. Previously the Associate Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford, Emiliana recently joined the Greater Good Science Center as the Science Director with great enthusiasm for her hometown, Berkeley and heartfelt ambition to support and grow Greater Good Science to new heights, widths and depths!