Media to Inspire | Exploring Inspirational Media
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Welcome to the Home of Inspirational Media Research

Only recently have scholars begun exploring the uses and effects of media content that inspires moral and self-transcendent emotions, such as awe, elevation, hope, and gratitude. These experiences can lead to psychological well-being, character development, and prosociality. This site–developed as a part of a three-year research project on inspiring media content, audiences, and effects, funded by the John Templeton Foundation–offers you an opportunity to explore the latest research in this emerging subfield of positive media psychology.


Transcendence is a core virtue that motivates people to strive for and connect with purpose and meaning that is greater or higher than ourselves. Transcendence is encountered and further developed when we experience certain emotions like awe, elevation, admiration, hope and gratitude.


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