Dr. Emiliana Simon-Thomas
Science Director, Greater Good Science Center
Emiliana Simon-Thomas is the Science Director at the Greater Good Science Centerat UC Berkeley. She earned her doctorate at Berkeley, using behavioral and neuroscientific methods to examine how emotions influence thinking and decision making. During her postdoc, Emiliana’s work focused on the biological underpinnings of pro-social states like compassion and love of humanity. Currently, Emiliana runs the GGSC’s Expanding Gratitude project, the Research Fellowship program, and co-leads GG101x: The Science of Happiness, a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the EdX platform that has reached over 300K people. Her current work examines the advantages of authentically connecting with others, being kind, and belonging to a community with regards to physical health, well-being, psychosocial functioning and performance. Emiliana’s work aims to fully explore the potential for – as well as the benefits of – living a more meaningful life.