Fiske, A. P., Schubert, T. W., & Seibt, B. (2025). Seeking communal emotions in social practices  that culturally evolved to evoke the emotions: Worship, kitten videos, memorials, narratives of love, and more. Annual Review of Psychology, 76. [preprint]

Steinnes, K. K., Blomster Lyshol, J. K., Zickfeld, J. H., Schubert, T. W., & Seibt, B. (2024). Kama muta: The cuteness emotion. In L. Al-Shawaf & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.). The Oxford handbook of evolution and the emotions (pp. 339-356). Oxford University Press.


Seibt, B., Zickfeld, J. H., & Østby, N. (2023). Global heart warming: Kama muta evoked by climate change messages is associated with intentions to mitigate climate change. Frontiers in Psychology, 14, 1112910. DOI:

Blomster Lyshol, J. K., Seibt, B., Oliver, M. B., & Thomsen, L. (2023). Moving political opponents closer: How kama muta can contribute to reducing the partisan divide in the US. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 26, 493-511. [open access]


Herting, A. K. & Schubert, T. W. (2022). Valence, sensations and appraisals co-occurring with feeling moved: Evidence on kama muta theory from intra-individually cross-correlated time series. Cognition and Emotion, DOI: 10.1080/02699931.2022.2089871 [open access]

Blomster Lyshol, J. K., Pich, O., & Seibt, B. (2022). Moved to Norway, Then Moved by Norway: How Moments of Kama Muta Is Related With Immigrants’ Acculturation. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. [open access]

Lizarazo Pereira, D. M., Schubert, T. W., & Roth, J. (2022). Moved by social justice: The role of kama muta in collective action toward racial equality. Frontiers in Psychology.

Grüning, D. J., & Schubert, T. W. (2022). Emotional campaigning in politics: Being moved and anger in political ads motivate to support candidate and party. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 781851. [open access]

Vuoskoski, J. K., Zickfeld, J. H., Alluri, V., Moorthigari, V., & Seibt, B. (2022). Feeling moved by music: Investigating continuous ratings and acoustic correlates. PLoS ONE 17(1): e0261151. [open access]


Swarbrick, Dana; Seibt, Christa Beate; Grinspun, Noemi & Vuoskoski, Jonna Katariina (2021). Corona Concerts: The Effect of Virtual Concert Characteristics on Social Connection and Kama Muta. Frontiers in Psychology. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.648448

Zickfeld, J., van de Ven, N., Pich, O., Schubert, T. W., Berkessel, J., Pizarro Carrasco, J. J., … Orjiakor, C. (2021). Tears trigger the intention to offer social support: A systematic investigation of the interpersonal effects of emotional crying across 41 countries. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. [preprint]

Schubert, T. W., & Grüning, D. J. (2021). Proper understanding of grounded procedures of separation needs a dual inheritance approach. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 44. [preprint]

Janicke-Bowles, S. H., Schubert, T. W., Blomster, J. K. (2021). Kama muta as an eudaimonic entertainment experience. In P. Vorderer & C. Klimt (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Entertainment Theory. Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190072216.013.22 [preprint missing]

Petersen, E., Bischoff, A., Liedtke, G., & Martin, A. J. (2021). How Does Being Solo in Nature Affect Well-Being? Evidence from Norway, Germany and New Zealand. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health18(15), 7897. [preprint missing]

Petersen, E., Martin, A. J. (2021). Kama muta (≈ being moved) helps connect people in and to nature: A photo elicitation approach. Ecopsychology Mar 2021, 37-47. [preprint missing]

Lizarazo Pereira, D. M. (2021) Moved by Racial Justice: The Role of Kama muta in Collective Action toward Racial Equity among Advantaged and Disadvantaged Racial Groups. Master thesis at the University of Oslo, Norway.

Rmeileh, R. (2021). “Sumud is to Always be One Hand”: Culturally Informed Resilience Among Palestinian Refugee Men in Lebanon. Master thesis at the University of Oslo, Norway.


Hartford Sundquist, J. (2020). “That Book Gave Me the Feels”: The Relation Between Tension and Kama Muta When Reading Fiction. Master thesis, University of Oslo, Norway.

Åbom, Anette K. (2020). Self-initiated Autonomy- and Intimacy-promoting Love Expressions. Master thesis, University of Oslo, Norway.

Blomster Lyshol, J. K., Thomsen, L., & Seibt, B. (2020). Moved by observing the love of others: kama muta evoked through media fosters humanization of out-groups. Frontiers in psychology11, 1240.1. (open access)

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 Quarterly87(1), 171-195. [preprint missing]

Fiske, A. P. (2020). The lexical fallacy in emotion research: Mistaking vernacular words for psychological entities. Psychological Review127(1), 95 – 113. [Preprint]

Zickfeld, J. H., Arriaga, P., Vilar Santos, S., Schubert, T. W., Seibt, B. (2020). Tears of joy, aesthetic chills and heartwarming feelings: Physiological correlates of Kama Muta. Psychophysiology. [preprint]


Fiske (2019). Kama muta: Discovering the connecting emotion. London: Routledge.

Fiske, A. P., Seibt, B., & Schubert, T. (2019). The sudden devotion emotion: Kama muta and the cultural practices whose function is to evoke it. Emotion Review11(1), 74-86. [preprint]

Petersen, E., Fiske, A. P., Schubert, T. W. (2019). The role of social relational emotions for human-nature connectedness. Front. Psychol. 10:2759. (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 Psychology10, 387. (open access)

Zickfeld, J. H., Schubert, T. W., Seibt, B., & Fiske, A. P. (2019). Moving through the literature. What is the emotion often denoted being moved? Emotion Review, 11, 123-139. [preprint]

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. [preprint]

Shivranjani, G. (2019). Exploring the treads of service providers working with refugees in Istanbul, Turkey. Master thesis at the University of Oslo, Norway.

Pich, O. (2019). Social awe: A mixed methods investigation. Master thesis at the University of Oslo, Norway.


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, 32, 1691-1699. [preprint]

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, 119-139. [preprint]

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, 33, 197-212. [preprint]

Seibt, B., Schubert, T. W., Zickfeld, J. H., Zhu, L., Arriaga, P., Simão, C., … & Fiske, A. P. (2018). Kama muta: similar emotional responses to touching videos across the United States, Norway, China, Israel, and Portugal. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology49(3), 418-435. [download preprint]

Schubert, T. W., Zickfeld, J. H., 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 Emotion32(1), 174-184. doi:10.1080/02699931.2016.1268998 or download preprint

also, an interactive visualisation of the data shows data for one video

Østby, Nora (2018). Attitudes, cognition and affect related to climate refugees: Altering Norwegian attitudes towards climate change, refugees and climate refugees. (master’s thesis). University of Oslo, Norway. 

Heiervang, Camilla Helen (2018). «I was playing and I just felt that… this is me.» Examining the role of positive emotions as motivators for professional musicians (Hovedoppgave). University of Oslo, Norway. 


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, 1, 67-70.

Fiske, A. P., Schubert, T. W., & Seibt, B. (2017). A bootstrapping approach to studying “kama muta” or “being moved by love”: The ontology and epistemology of an emotion. In J. Cassaniti & U. Menon (Eds.), Universalism without uniformity:  Explorations of mind at the crossroads of psychology and anthropology (pp. 79-100). University of Chicago Press. Doi: 10.7208/chicago/9780226501710.001.0001 [publisher] preprint below

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:

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. [preprint]

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).

Steinness, Kamilla K. (2017). Too cute for words: Cuteness Evokes the Kama Muta Emotion and Motivates Communal Sharing (master’s thesis). University of Oslo, Norway.


Miguel, Rita Ramos (2016). Being moved: how do attachment styles and emotion regulation affect the experience of being moved? (master’s thesis). ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon, Portugal. 


Zickfeld, Janis Heinrich (2015). Heartwarming Closeness Being Moved Induces Communal Sharing And Increases Feelings of Warmth (master’s thesis). University of Oslo, Norway.