Awe Expands People’s Perception of Time, Alters Decision Making, and Enhances Well-Being
Stanford Graduate School of Business
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities - Carlson School of Management
Stanford University - Graduate School of Business
January 1, 2012
Psychological Science, Forthcoming
Stanford Graduate School of Business Research Paper No. 2095
When do people feel as if they are rich in time? Not often, research and daily experience suggest. However, three experiments showed that participants who felt awe, relative to other emotions, felt they had more time available (Experiments 1, 3) and were less impatient (Experiment 2). Participants who experienced awe were also more willing to volunteer their time to help others (Experiment 2), more strongly preferred experiences over material products (Experiment 3), and experienced a greater boost in life satisfaction (Experiment 3). Mediation analyses revealed that these changes in decision making and well-being were due to awe’s ability to alter the subjective experience of time. Experiences of awe bring people into the present moment, which underlies awe’s capacity to adjust time perception, influence decisions, and make life feel more satisfying than it would otherwise.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 23Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: June 13, 2012
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