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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2013, Vol. 21 ›› Issue (11): 1996-2005.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2013.01996

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Positive Emotion: Awe

DONG Rui;PENG Kaiping;YU Feng   

  1. (Department of Psychology, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 100084, China)
  • Received:2013-05-21 Online:2013-11-15 Published:2013-11-15
  • Contact: PENG Kaiping


As one important kind of positive emotions, awe has been overlooked by psychologists in the past. In recent years, researchers proposed a prototypical model of awe and have started to investigate the psychological benefits of awe empirically. Awe has been found closely related to time perception, prosocial behaviors, spiritous delight, self-consciousness and information processing. Future research shall focus on clarifying the definition of awe, overcoming negative influence of awe, and cultivating people’s feelings of awe in life, etc.

Key words: positive emotion, awe, prototypical model of awe, accommodation