Psi Chi Distinguished Speaker
Toward a Science of Awe
Friday, May 23, 2014,
4:30 PM - 5:20 PM
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) experiences of awe 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.
Dacher Keltner will sign copies of his book, Understanding Emotions, immediately following his Psi Chi Distinguished Speaker Talk.