(The feeling of) meaning-as-information.

@article{Heintzelman2014TheFO,
  title={(The feeling of) meaning-as-information.},
  author={Samantha J. Heintzelman and Laura A. King},
  journal={Personality and social psychology review : an official journal of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Inc},
  year={2014},
  volume={18 2},
  pages={153-67}
}
The desire for meaning is recognized as a central human motive. Yet, knowing that people want meaning does not explain its function. What adaptive problem does this experience solve? Drawing on the feelings-as-information hypothesis, we propose that the feeling of meaning provides information about the presence of reliable patterns and coherence in the environment, information that is not provided by affect. We review research demonstrating that manipulations of stimulus coherence influence… CONTINUE READING
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