Approaching awe, a moral, spiritual, and aesthetic emotion.

  title={Approaching awe, a moral, spiritual, and aesthetic emotion.},
  author={Dacher J Keltner and Jonathan Haidt},
  journal={Cognition & emotion},
  volume={17 2},
In this paper we present a prototype approach to awe. We suggest that two appraisals are central and are present in all clear cases of awe: perceived vastness, and a need for accommodation, defined as an inability to assimilate an experience into current mental structures. Five additional appraisals account for variation in the hedonic tone of awe… CONTINUE READING