Cosmic awe, self-esteem, and materialism: the effects of awe and self-esteem on materialist values and beliefs

Author
McCurdy, Emmett
Faculty Advisor
Date
2020
Keywords
self-diminishing awe , materialism
Abstract (summary)
Experiencing awe (a self transcendent shift in perspective) has been shown to increase generosity, spirituality, and prosociality, reduce tribalism, and reduce inclination towards conspicuous consumption. The present research aims to investigate the effects of experiencing awe on individuals’ endorsement of materialistic values and beliefs through an online experimental design. It is hypothesized that induction of awe will result in decreased endorsement of materialism, as the self-transcendental nature of the experience minimizes self-focused goals and encourages greater prosocial and achievement motivations.
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Notes
Presented in absentia on April 27, 2020 at "Student Research Day" at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta. (Conference cancelled)
Item Type
Student Presentation
Language
English
Rights
All Rights Reserved