Altruism, Bystander Phenomena, and Heroism

Greater Good Magazine: Science for a Meaningful Life

About the Course:

This course draws on material published in Greater Good magazine, a quarterly magazine that explores the basis of prosocial behavior and positive emotions. It covers topics such as compassion, empathy, and altruism, discussing how cutting edge research can be applied to professional and personal relationships.

Publication Date:



Jason Marsh; Dacher Keltner, Ph.D.

About the Authors:

Jason Marsh is the editor in chief of Greater Good magazine

Dacher Keltner is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, the executive editor of Greater Good magazine, and the founding director of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for educators and health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about promoting prosocial behavior. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. To provide practical, scentifically based tools that help foster healthy, compassionate individuals, relationships, and communities.

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