Nostalgia as a resource for the self

Vess, M., Arndt, J., Routledge, Clay, Sedikides, Constantine and Wildschut, Tim (2010) 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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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.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1080/15298868.2010.521452
ISSNs: 1529-8868 (print)
Keywords: feedback, nostalgia, self, self-concept accessibility, self-serving bias
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Organisations: Psychology
ePrint ID: 341148
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15 November 2010e-pub ahead of print
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2012 11:20
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 16:49
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