Maya Shankar is a cognitive scientist who served as a Senior Advisor in the Obama White House, where she founded and served as Chair of the White House Behavioral Science…
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Psychologist Dacher Keltner shares the science behind the mysterious, powerful emotion of awe. He and Maya discuss where we can find awe in our everyday lives, including one common but surprising source. Dacher also explains how awe can boost our well-being and potentially influence psychological traits such as openness and resilience.
This is the start of our three-part series on Awe. To learn more about Dacher’s work on awe, check out his book “Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How It Can Transform Your Life.” And If you enjoyed this episode, try this one from the archive: “How Psychedelics Can Change Our Minds.”