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Too Cute for Words: Cuteness Evokes the Heartwarming Emotion of Kama Muta

Kamilla Knutsen Steinnes; Kamilla Knutsen Steinnes; Johanna Katarina Blomster; Beate Seibt; Beate Seibt; Janis H. Zickfeld; Janis H. Zickfeld; Alan Page Fiske;
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  • Published: 01 Mar 2019 Journal: Frontiers in Psychology, volume 10 (eissn: 1664-1078, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Frontiers Media SA
Abstract
A configuration of infantile attributes including a large head, large eyes, with a small nose and mouth low on the head comprise the visual baby schema or Kindchenschema that English speakers call “cute.” In contrast to the stimulus gestalt that evokes it, the evoked emotional response to cuteness has been little studied, perhaps because the emotion has no specific name in English, Norwegian, or German. We hypothesize that cuteness typically evokes kama muta, a social-relational emotion that in other contexts is often labeled in English as being moved or touched, heartwarming, nostalgia, patriotic feeling, being touched by the Spirit, the feels, etcetera. What e...
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free text keywords: General Psychology, Baby schema, Cuteness, Kama muta, Being moved, Communal sharing, Elevation, Core values, :Ciências Sociais::Psicologia [Domínio/Área Científica], Original Research, kama mute, Cognitive Sciences, Empathic concern, Large head, Schema (psychology), Small nose, Psychology, Communication, business.industry, business, Gestalt psychology, Feeling, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, lcsh:Psychology, lcsh:BF1-990
Funded by
FCT| UID/PSI/03125/2013
Project
UID/PSI/03125/2013
Center for Research and Social Intervention
  • Funder: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P. (FCT)
  • Project Code: 147229
  • Funding stream: 5876
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