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. (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)


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.

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

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Seibt, B., Schubert, T. W., Zickfeld, J. H., & Fiske, A. P. (2018) Touching the base: heart-warming ads from the 2016 U.S. election moved viewers to partisan tears, Cognition and Emotion, DOI: 10.1080/02699931.2018.1441128

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, doi: 10.1080/23743603.2018.1514254.


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. (2017). Kama muta: Similar emotional responses to touching videos across the US, Norway, China, Israel, and Portugal. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.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.


Schubert, T. W., Zickfeld, J., Seibt, B., & Fiske, A. P. (2016). Moment-to-moment changes in feeling moved match changes in closeness, tears, goosebumps, and warmth: Time series analyses. Cognition and Emotion. doi:10.1080/02699931.2016.1268998


Theoretical papers and commentary

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 

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

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. 

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.

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:

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. (in press). Kama muta as an eudaimonic entertainment experience. To appear in P. Vorderer & C. Klimt (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Entertainment Theory. Oxford University Press.


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.

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.

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.