Nostalgia-evoked inspiration: mediating mechanisms and motivational implications

Stephan, Elena, Sedikides, Constantine, Wildschut, Tim, Cheung, Wing-Yee, Routledge, Clay and Arndt, J. (2015) Nostalgia-evoked inspiration: mediating mechanisms and motivational implications. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41, (10), 1395-1410. (doi:10.1177/0146167215596985).


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Six studies examined the nostalgia—inspiration link and its motivational implications. In Study 1, nostalgia proneness was positively associated with inspiration frequency and intensity. In Studies 2-3, the recollection of nostalgic (vs. ordinary) experiences increased both general inspiration and specific inspiration to engage in exploratory activities. In Study 4, serial mediational analyses supported a model in which nostalgia increases social connectedness, which subsequently fosters self-esteem, which then boosts inspiration. In Study 5, a rigorous evaluation of this serial mediational model (with a novel nostalgia induction controlling for positive affect) reinforced the idea that nostalgia-elicited social connectedness increases self-esteem, which then heightens inspiration. Study 6 extended the serial mediational model by demonstrating that nostalgia-evoked inspiration predicts goal-pursuit (intentions to pursue an important goal). Nostalgia spawns inspiration via social connectedness and attendant self-esteem. In turn, nostalgia-evoked inspiration bolsters motivation.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1177/0146167215596985
ISSNs: 0146-1672 (print)
Keywords: nostalgia, inspiration, social connectedness, self-esteem, motivation
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions : Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Psychology
ePrint ID: 378707
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
June 2015Accepted
30 July 2015Made publicly available
October 2015Published
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2015 13:00
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 15:46

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