Haas Scholars

Hari Srinivasan

The Autistic Experience of Awe: Can Awe Become a Tool in the Autistic Coping Toolbox?

Hari wants to draw on the new science of awe to help autistics thrive and grow, rather than be viewed only in terms of deficits. His research seeks to begin an understanding of the role of awe, an emotion shown to have transformative effects, in autism. More specifically, he wants to see how autistics, who are considered neurodiverse (as opposed to the neurotypical or non-autistic population), view and experience awe, and how these dimensions of emotion may diverge from what has been written from a neurotypical lens. His hope is that this research can result in additional tools, such as “small doses of awe”, that can be used in the coping and navigating toolbox for autistics.

  • Major: Psychology, Disability Studies minor
  • Mentor: Dacher Keltner, Psychology