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Nostalgia as a resource for the self

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This research tested whether nostalgia serves as a positive resource for the self. In Experiment 1, nostalgia was induced and the accessibility of positive self-attributes was assessed. Participants who thought about a nostalgic experience, relative to those who thought about a positive future experience, evidenced heightened accessibility of positive self-attributes. In Experiment 2, participants received negative or positive performance feedback and then thought about a nostalgic or ordinary past experience. Subsequently, they were given the opportunity to make internal attributions for their performance. Participants displayed a typical pattern of self-serving attributions if they were not given the opportunity to engage in nostalgia. Nostalgic engagement, however, attenuated this effect. Nostalgia indeed functions as a positive resource for the self.

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Vess, M., Arndt, J., Routledge, Clay, Sedikides, Constantine and Wildschut, Tim (2012) Nostalgia as a resource for the self Self and Identity, 11, (3), pp. 273-284. (doi:10.1080/15298868.2010.521452).

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e-pub ahead of print date: 15 November 2010
Published date: 2012
Keywords: feedback, nostalgia, self, self-concept accessibility, self-serving bias
Organisations: Psychology

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Local EPrints ID: 341148
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/341148
ISSN: 1529-8868
PURE UUID: 1e4701cb-26d3-4466-9620-792f6ef114a8

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Date deposited: 16 Jul 2012 11:20
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 05:38

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Author: M. Vess
Author: J. Arndt
Author: Clay Routledge
Author: Tim Wildschut

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