Daniel Cordaro, Ph.D.
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Daniel Cordaro, Ph.D. is the Director of Wellbeing at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Daniel’s research focuses on developing a new test of emotional intelligence to assess five skills: recognizing, understanding, labeling, expressing, and regulating emotions. This work aims to develop a new way to test people’s emotional skills and measure how emotional intelligence plays a role in human well-being. Another aspect of Daniel’s work focuses more broadly on human emotion and, in particular, one that is related closely to human wellness and satisfaction with life – contentment. He aims to create a new line of research on contentment, differentiating it from related emotions like happiness and learning about how it can be cultivated in schools and at work.
Daniel received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley where he directed the Universal Expression Project – a program that aimed to decode the universal language of human expression across eleven cultures. After working with ten industrial nations and one remote, isolated village in Bhutan, Daniel found evidence for over 30 expressions in the face and voice that were recognized despite profound cultural boundaries. He also collected over 5500 expressions of emotion from five of these cultures and coded them all, muscle by muscle. The Universal Expression Project found evidence for not only universal patterns in emotional expression, but also some fascinating cultural variations and individual differences.