Autumn Chall


Graduate Student


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People's Choice

Creation Date

Spring 2023


In the face of awe, one may find that their self-fades into the background. The view from a mountain is one experience that can bring about awe, ushering one into the present moment and improving their mood. These are some of the most powerful, life changing moments a person can have. Although it is known that awe can improve affect, how this happens is not yet clear. Self-transcendence and lowered focus on oneself are two pathways I am exploring by asking participants to write about awe and neutral experiences and answer questions about their experience. Knowing more about awe can help us improve our use of it as a tool in wilderness, psychedelic, and narrative therapies.