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[SHOW NOTES] The Science of Awe

In this episode, we discussed how awe is one of the most powerful states of being, benefitting our mental and physical health and improving social cohesion.


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What exactly is awe, and what are its positive effects?


“Awe as a Pathway to Mental and Physical Health” Monroy & Keltner, 2022 https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/17456916221094856




“Awe is associated with creative personality, convergent creativity, and everyday creativity” Zhang et al., 2021 https://doi.org/10.1037/aca0000442



What makes awe different from other positive emotions?


“The nature of awe: Elicitors, appraisals, and effects on self-concept” Shiota and Keltner (2007) https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/dacherkeltner/docs/shiota.2007.pdf



How does awe shape the self?


“Awe, the small self, and prosocial behavior” Piff et al., 2015 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25984788/



What scientific evidence is there for the positive effects of awe?


“The neural correlates of the awe experience: Reduced default mode network activity during feelings of awe” Van Elk et al., 2015 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6766853/


“Positive Affect and Markers of Inflammation: Discrete Positive Emotions Predict Lower Levels of Inflammatory Cytokines” Jennifer Stellar et al., 2015


“Big Smile, Small Self: Awe Walks Promote Prosocial Positive Emotions in Older Adults” Sturm et al., 2022http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/emo0000876

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