Kama Muta Lab

Kama Muta Lab


Bildergebnis für Kama Muta: Discovering the Connecting Emotion (book)

Fiske, A. P. (2019). Kama Muta: Discovering the Connecting Emotion. Routledge: London, UK.

Empirical papers


Zickfeld, J. H., Arriaga, P., Santos, S. V., Schubert, T. W., & Seibt, B. (2020). Tears of joy, aesthetic chills and heartwarming feelings: Physiological correlates of Kama Muta. Psychophysiology. https://doi.org/10.1111/psyp.13662 (Open Access)

Blomster Lyshol, J. K., Seibt, B., & Thomsen, L. (2020). Moved by observing the love of others: Kama muta evoked through media foster humanization of out-groups. Frontiers in Psychology. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.01240 (Open Access)

White, F.ABorinca, I.Vezzali, L, Reynolds, K. J., Blomster Lyshol, J. K., Verrelli, S., Falomir-Pichastor, J. M. (2020). Beyond direct contact: The theoretical and societal relevance of indirect contact for improving intergroup relationsJournal of Social Issues20201‐ 22https://doi.org/10.1111/josi.12400

Petersen, E., & Martin, A. J. (2020). Kama muta (≈ being moved) helps connect people in and to nature: A photo elicitation approach. Ecopsychology.ahead of print. http://doi.org/10.1089/eco.2020.0032


Seibt, B., Schubert, T. W., Zickfeld, J. H., & Fiske, A. P. (2019) Touching the base: heart-warming ads from the 2016 U.S. election moved viewers to partisan tears, Cognition and Emotion, 33(2), 197-212, DOI: 10.1080/02699931.2018.1441128

Steinnes, K. K., Blomster, J. K., Seibt, B., Zickfeld, J. H., & Fiske, A. P. (2019). Too cute for words: Cuteness evokes the heartwarming emotion of kama muta. Frontiers in Psychology. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00387

Zickfeld, J. H., Schubert, T. W., Seibt, B., Blomster, J. K., Arriaga, P., Basabe, N., … & Fiske, A. P. (2019). Kama Muta: Conceptualizing and Measuring the Experience often labelled Being Moved Across 19 Nations and 15 Languages. Emotion, 19, 402-424. doi: 10.1037/emo0000450

Visualisation at https://janisz.shinyapps.io/kaviar_project/ for meta-analyses and https://janisz.shinyapps.io/KAVIAR_Frequency for frequency graphs. Data at https://osf.io/cydaw/.


Schubert, T. W., Zickfeld, J., Seibt, B., & Fiske, A. P. (2018). Moment-to-moment changes in feeling moved match changes in closeness, tears, goosebumps, and warmth: Time series analyses. Cognition and Emotion, 32:1, 174-184. doi:10.1080/02699931.2016.1268998

Zickfeld, J. H., Schubert, T. W. (2018). Warm and touching tears: tearful individuals are perceived as warmer because we assume they feel moved and touched. Cognition and Emotion. doi: 10.1080/02699931.2018.1430556.

Zickfeld, J. H., van de Ven, N., Schubert, T. W., & Vingerhoets, A. (2018). Are tearful individuals perceived as more competent? Probably not. Comprehensive Results in Social Psychology, 3(2),119-139, DOI: 10.1080/23743603.2018.1514254. Preprint at PsyArXiv


Seibt, B., Schubert, T. W., Zickfeld, J. H., & Fiske, A. P. (2017). Interpersonal closeness and morality predict feelings of being moved. Emotion, 17(3), 389-394.

Seibt, B. S., Schubert, T. W., Zickfeld, J. H., Zhu, L., Arriaga, P., Simão, C., Nussinson, R., & Fiske, A. P. (2018). Kama muta: Similar emotional responses to touching videos across the US, Norway, China, Israel, and Portugal. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 49(3), 418-435. DOI: 10.1177/0022022117746240

Zickfeld, J. H., Schubert, T. W., Seibt, B., & Fiske, A. P. (2017). Empathic concern is part of a more general communal emotion. Frontiers in Psychology, 8(723), doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00723.

Theoretical papers and commentary

Schubert, T. W., & Grüning, D. J. (2021). Proper understanding of grounded procedures of separation needs a dual inheritance approach. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 44. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X20000308

Fiske, A. P. (2020). Ways of Knowing Emotion, and What You Don’t Know about Your Own Emotions: The Case of Kama Muta. Social Research: An International Quarterly, 78(1), 171-195. 

Petersen E, Fiske AP and Schubert TW (2019) The Role of Social Relational Emotions for Human-Nature Connectedness. Front. Psychol. 10:2759. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02759 https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02759 

Zickfeld, J. H., Schubert, T. W., Seibt, B., & Fiske, A. P. (2019). Moving Through The Literature. What is the emotion often denoted being movedEmotion Review, 11, 123-139. doi.org/10.1177/1754073918820126 

Fiske, A. P., Schubert, T. W., & Seibt, B. (2017). The best loved story of all time: Overcoming all obstacles to be reunited, evoking kama muta. Evolutionary Studies in Imaginative Culture. DOI: 10.26613/esic/1.1.12

Fiske, A. P., Seibt, B., & Schubert, T. W. (2017). The sudden devotion emotion: Kama muta and the cultural practices whose function is to evoke it. Emotion Review. https://doi.org/10.1177/1754073917723167

Schubert, T. W., Seibt, B., Zickfeld, J. H., Blomster, J. K., & Fiske, A. P. (2017). Being moved is a positive emotion, and emotions should not be equated with their vernacular labels. Commentary in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 40, e374. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X17001820

Book chapters

Fiske, A. P., Schubert, T. W., & Seibt, B. (2017). “Kama muta” or ‘being moved by love’: A bootstrapping approach to the ontology and epistemology of an emotion. In J. Cassaniti & U. Menon (Eds.), Universalism without uniformity: Explorations in mind and culture (pp. 79-100). University of Chicago Press. Doi: 10.7208/chicago/9780226501710.001.0001

Janicke-Bowles, S. H., Schubert, T. W., Blomster, J. K. (2021). Kama muta as an eudaimonic entertainment experience. In P. Vorderer & C. Klimmt (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Entertainment Theory. Oxford University Press.


Gandhi, S. (2019). Exploring the treads of service providers working with refugees in Istanbul, Turkey. Master thesis at Department of Psychology, University of Oslo. http://urn.nb.no/URN:NBN:no-73755 

Steinness, Kamilla K. (2017). Too cute for words: Cuteness evokes the kama muta emotion and motivates communal sharing. Master thesis at Department of Psychology, University of Oslo. http://urn.nb.no/URN:NBN:no-60030

Zickfeld, Janis H. (2015). Heartwarming closeness: Being moved induces communal sharing and increases feelings of warmth. Master thesis at Department of Psychology, University of Oslo. http://urn.nb.no/URN:NBN:no-52508

Miguel, Rita Ramos (2016). Being moved: how do attachment styles and emotion regulation affect the experience of being moved? Masters thesis at ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon, Portugal. http://hdl.handle.net/10071/11974

Papers from Other Labs on Kama Muta:

Pierre J. (2019) Putting the “Move” in Social Movements: Assessing the Role of Kama Muta in Online Activism. In: Taylor N., Christian-Lamb C., Martin M., Nardi B. (eds) Information in Contemporary Society. iConference 2019. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 11420. Springer, Cham