Awe & Wonder

Religion Cognition and Behavior Lab

University of Amsterdam

Research

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As many famous scientists have noted, ranging from William James to Albert Einstein and from Paul Tillich to Richard Dawkins, the experience of awe and wonder may be considered a fundamental and uniquely human phenomenon.

 

In different research projects we focus on the causes and consequences of the experience of awe. Questions that we address are for instance:

 

"What are the effects of awe on body perception?"

"What are the effects of awe on self-related processing?"

"Which neurocognitive mechanisms underlie the experience of awe and wonder?"

"What predisposes individual people to experiencing awe and wonder?"

 

The first findings from these projects have recently been published here.