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Fig. 1 videos feature animated interviews with UC researchers

Watch UC Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner explore the concept of “survival of the fittest” and delve into Darwin’s idea that sympathy is one of the strongest human instincts, sometimes stronger than self-interest.

Keltner is featured in the video series, Fig. 1, created by UCOP Communications’ multimedia team in collaboration with Discovery Channel’s digital platforms. Founding faculty director of Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center and director of the Berkeley Social Interaction Laboratory, Keltner discusses his efforts to better understand why humans have evolved pro-social emotions like empathy, compassion and gratitude.

New Fig. 1 videos will be published every Tuesday, featuring thinkers in science, technology, art and humanities from across the UC system. Each video explains their fascinating work through engaging interviews and lively animation.

Segments will be promoted on Discovery’s digital channels and UCOP Communications’ social media streams (Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). You can subscribe to the channel and share episodes with your own audience and followers.

In the meantime, if you have potential interviewees in mind, particularly researchers whose work can be clearly visualized through step-by-step instructions and demonstrations, please contact the UCOP multimedia team at

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