Music-evoked nostalgia: Affect, memory, and personality


Barrett, Frederick S., Grimm, Kevin J., Robins, Richard W., Wildschut, Tim, Sedikides, Constantine and Janata, Petr (2010) Music-evoked nostalgia: Affect, memory, and personality. Emotion, 10, (3), 390-403. (doi:10.1037/a0019006). (PMID:20515227).

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Participants listened to randomly selected excerpts of popular music and rated how nostalgic each song made them feel. Nostalgia was stronger to the extent that a song was autobiographically salient, arousing, familiar, and elicited a greater number of positive, negative, and mixed emotions. These effects were moderated by individual differences (nostalgia proneness, mood state, dimensions of the Affective Neurosciences Personality Scale, and factors of the Big Five Inventory). Nostalgia proneness predicted stronger nostalgic experiences, even after controlling for other individual difference measures. Nostalgia proneness was predicted by the Sadness dimension of the Affective Neurosciences Personality Scale and Neuroticism of the Big Five Inventory. Nostalgia was associated with both joy and sadness, whereas nonnostalgic and nonautobiographical experiences were associated with irritation.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1528-3542 (print)
1931-1516 (electronic)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Psychology > Division of Human Wellbeing
ePrint ID: 168413
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2010 16:18
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:19
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/168413

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