The scientific study of awe is relatively new; the Greater Good Science Center’s director, Dacher Keltner, has been one of its pioneers. Already studies have linked it to better health and increased generosity, and researchers are zeroing in on how to cultivate more of it in our everyday lives.
But how much awe do you experience in your life?
This quiz will help you find out. It includes items from three scientifically validated scales, along with some new items created for this quiz by Greater Good Science Center staff and members of Dr. Keltner’s Berkeley Social Interaction Laboratory.
The quiz contains a total of 21 questions. Please answer them as honestly as possible—there are no right or wrong answers. The first 15 will be used to measure your level of awe; the last six will be used by our research team to understand how awe relates to factors like age, gender, and socioeconomic status. When you're done, you'll receive your awe score, along with feedback interpreting this score and tips for experiencing more awe.
Any responses submitted here will never be shared with any organization outside the Greater Good Science Center under any circumstances, ever. All responses are anonymized and only used in aggregate for research purposes.
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