When you want to express that you feel moved with an emoji, one would normally use the “face with tears of joy”: 😂 However, this emoji does not really fit kama muta since the face laughs slightly too much. Fortunately, there will be a new emoji update later this year …
The digital magazine Aeon which publishes reports by some of the leading thinkers on science, philosophy, society and the arts, dedicates one of his articles to present kama muta. https://aeon.co/ideas/kama-muta-a-new-term-for-that-warm-fuzzy-feeling-we-all-get
Evi, Alan, and Thomas published a new paper in a special issue of Frontiers in Psychology. In this, they introduced kama muta to the psychology of human-nature bonds. The Role of Social Relational Emotions for Human-Nature Connectedness,
The cover story of the December print issue of Discover discusses cuteness, including our lab’s work on kama muta evoked by cuteness. Check it out: https://www.discovermagazine.com/mind/why-babies-are-so-cute-and-why-we-react-the-way-we-do
Kamilla got some nice media coverage of her thesis on kama muta responses to cuteness! The department’s summary is here, and there is a whole list of pointers to newspaper, magazines, radio shows, and TV shows.
You can find the slides of the master topics 2018 presentation under the link. The topics include theoretically as well as applied topics on kama muta https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1coux3tCrlN9s6_4zk7ta82VZf4wj2D05Wia3m4qPT0c/edit?usp=sharing
The next paper – which actually was our first paper on the topic, it just took a little more time to appear online – is now out. Here is the APA link
Nick Haslam wrote a beautiful summary of our two recent papers and ideas. Enjoy!
Expressing and receiving gratitude emphasises the communal bonds between the one who thanks and the one who is thanked. It’s power is even enhanced when one sees other people joining in. Three wonderful examples from this week: First, Joe Biden tears up when Obama surprises him with the Medal of …