In the past five years, science has made great strides in better understanding the emotion of awe. UC Berkeley psychologist Craig L. Anderson will help us understand state-of-the-art findings about how awe promotes curiosity and pro-sociality, including the physiological processes that support these behaviors. We will explore important implications that awe research has for well-being interventions, the health of military veterans, and making outdoors programs more accessible.
- WHAT: The Physiology of Awe
- WHO: Craig L. Anderson, Psychology Department, UC Berkeley
- WHEN: Tuesday, July 28, 2015
- WHERE: Innovation Hangar, Palace of Fine Arts Exhibition Hall, 3601 Lyon Street, San Francisco <http://www.ihangar.org/> Enter iHangar through the big green door opposite the huge Palace of Fine Arts dome.
- HOW: Please register below.
- WHY: Because we're curious creatures.
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