Awe, wonder, and the human mind

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The human mind is unique in its ability to form, store, and manipulate elaborate conceptual models of the world; yet these models have vast, inevitable gaps. Where the models end, the potential for wonder and awe begins. Psychology research has begun to uncover distinctive implications of awe for how we perceive our environment and ourselves. More science investigating basic features of awe is needed to fulfill its promise for improving the human experience. Awe, accessible in everyday life, can be a valuable tool for enhancing well-being.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-89
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2021


  • awe
  • emotion
  • mental representation
  • self-concept
  • well-being
  • wonder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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