Dan Fessler

Daniel M.T. Fessler, Ph.D.

Director, UCLA Bedari Kindness Institute
Professor, Department of Anthropology
Consulting Anthropologist, Veterans Administration West Los Angeles Medical Center

I am an evolutionary anthropologist whose principal focus is contemporary humans. Combining anthropological, psychological, and biological theories and methods, I study altruism, positive social behavior, and cooperation, including “contagious kindness”, as well as conflict, aggression, and risk-taking. Much of my research focuses on emotions and their behavioral consequences. I also investigate morality; cultural transmission; clinical applications of evolutionary psychology and evolutionary medicine; disease avoidance; food and eating; and sex and reproduction.

website: http://www.danielmtfessler.com/