October 28, 2016

1:00 - 2:30 PM.

1324 East Hall, 530 Church Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109

In the Chris Peterson Memorial Lecture, Dacher Keltner PhD of the University of California, Berkeley will detail the evolutionary foundations of what may be the most human of emotions: awe.

The talk is slated to chart the emergence of awe in the mammalian piloerection response, and review evidence of awe’s universality. Following that, Keltner will consider evidence concerning how awe functions to situate the individual within social collectives, detailing studies showing how awe increases prosocial tendencies, humility, a small self, and the sense of common humanity. To conclude, the talk he will consider recent studies in partnership with the Sierra Club showing how awe benefits veterans and inner city students, in their experiences.