How Music Evokes Awe (The Science of Happiness podcast)

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Episode summary:

In the final episode of the awe-inspiring series, Dacher joins sonic alchemist Laura Inserra on how music can inspire awe and transport us to another space and time. Find out the mystery. Later, we’ll hear from a scientist who showed how an awe-inspiring song can change the way we think and feel.

This is the final episode of the special series The Science of Awe. Check out the past four releases in our feed to read The Science of Happiness Breaks and other profound ways that reverence can affect you that will help guide you to experience more reverence in your life. Check out the Happiness episode and more places to find it.

Our host Dacher Keltner has a new book about reverence. it is called Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonders and How It Can Change Your Life. Click here for details:

Today’s guest:

Laura Inserra is an instrumentalist, composer, producer, and teacher who treats music in awe-inspiring ways.

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Qihao Ji is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Marist College.

For more information about Ji and his work, please visit
Greater Good Science Center Resources:

How Music Brings Us Together:

Where music and empathy converge in the brain

How many emotions you can feel in music:
Other resources on awe and music

Bluefield Daily Telegraph – Music: Awe and Admiration:

NYT – How A Little Awe Can Improve Your Health:

Yamaha Music – The Science of Awe (and Why It Matters):
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