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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Dr. Shira Gabriel is a psychologist who studies the science of human connection. In recent years she’s turned her attention to collective effervescence, a feeling we get when we experience something transcendent with other people. If you’ve ever been to a concert or a political rally, you’ve probably felt this type of awe. Shira explains the many mental health benefits of collective effervescence and why it’s easier to seek out than you might think (spoiler alert: you can still experience it even if you don’t like big crowds!)