Awe, Uncertainty, and Agency Detection

@article{Valdesolo2014AweUA,
  title={Awe, Uncertainty, and Agency Detection},
  author={Piercarlo Valdesolo and J. Graham},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  year={2014},
  volume={25},
  pages={170 - 178}
}
  • Piercarlo Valdesolo, J. Graham
  • Published 2014
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Psychological Science
  • Across five studies, we found that awe increases both supernatural belief (Studies 1, 2, and 5) and intentional-pattern perception (Studies 3 and 4)—two phenomena that have been linked to agency detection, or the tendency to interpret events as the consequence of intentional and purpose-driven agents. Effects were both directly and conceptually replicated, and mediational analyses revealed that these effects were driven by the influence of awe on tolerance for uncertainty. Experiences of awe… CONTINUE READING
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