Psi Chi Distinguished Speaker
Toward a Science of Awe
Awe remains perhaps the least studied emotion, and the emotion that may most shape our lives. In this talk I will detail how laboratory and in vivo (near tall trees and expansive views), trigger increased humility, prosociality, and curiosity. I will highlight recent findings illuminating physiological correlates of awe, including covariations with dopamine polymorphisms and cytokine levels. I will conclude with a discussion of our creation of emoticons at Facebook, including those of awe, and their cultural associations.