@Wendi Yan

August 23, 2019

Awe may result from the perception of, and need to accommodate, vastness (Keltner & Haidt, 2003, in Yaden et al., 2017).

Vastness can refer to perceptual vastness, as in viewing an enormous mountain or a towering building – or it can refer to conceptual vastness, as in hearing an idea with enormous implications or meditating on the meaning of eternity (Yaden et al., 2018).


a. Magnitude


material: extreme heaviness & lightness

b. Repetition

When individuals encounter something that cannot be reduced to preexisting elements in a given schema, they must “accommodate,” expanding that framework to take new information into account. (Markus, 1977, in Yaden et al., 2016)L