More on Awe (05-13-20)

Perlin and Li confirm that awe is linked to prosocial behavior.  As they report “Awe is an emotional response to stimuli. . . . Curiously, awe has prosocial effects [encourages us to act in ways that benefit other people] despite often being elicited by nonsocial stimuli.”  Awe can be inspired by phenomena that are large/vast, as well as by those that utilize rare materials or exhibit exquisite workmanship, for example.  

Joshua Perlin and Leon Li. 2020.  “Why Does Awe Have Prosocial Effects?  New Perspectives on Awe and the Small Self.”  Perspectives in Psychological Science, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 291-308, https://doi.org/10.1177/1745691619886006