Approaching awe, a moral, spiritual, and aesthetic emotion

  title={Approaching awe, a moral, spiritual, and aesthetic emotion},
  author={Dacher Keltner and Jonathan Haidt},
  journal={Cognition and Emotion},
  pages={297 - 314}
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 experiences: threat, beauty, exceptional ability, virtue, and the supernatural. We derive this perspective from a review of what has been written… 
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