Emotion of “Elevation” Explained

Boing Boing writes about the feeling you can get on occasion when you listen to a particular piece of music or watch an epic movie,
“a feeling of spreading, liquid warmth in the chest and a lump in the throat”, and a sense of meaningfulness and context. It turns out that this emotion actually has a name, the emotion of Elevation, and it is currently being studied in laboratories. The latest approach taken by the researchers in order to induce this emotion apparently is letting their subjects listen to Barack Obama’s victory speech!

Slate also has a feature on “elevation” research.


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