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In search of meaningfulness: nostalgia as an antidote to boredom

van Tilburg, Wijnand A. P., Igou, Eric R. and Sedikides, Constantine (2013) In search of meaningfulness: nostalgia as an antidote to boredom Emotion, 13, (3), pp. 450-461. (PMID:23163710).

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We formulated, tested, and supported, in 6 studies, a theoretical model according to which individuals use nostalgia as a way to reinject meaningfulness in their lives when they experience boredom. Studies 1–3 established that induced boredom causes increases in nostalgia when participants have the opportunity to revert to their past. Studies 4 and 5 examined search for meaning as a mediator of the effect of boredom on nostalgia. Specifically, Study 4 showed that search for meaning mediates the effect of state boredom on nostalgic memory content, whereas Study 5 demonstrated that search for meaning mediates the effect of dispositional boredom on dispositional nostalgia. Finally, Study 6 examined the meaning reestablishment potential of nostalgia during boredom: Nostalgia mediates the effect of boredom on sense of meaningfulness and presence of meaning in one's life. Nostalgia counteracts the meaninglessness that individuals experience when they are bored.

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Accepted/In Press date: November 2012
Published date: January 2013
Organisations: Psychology


Local EPrints ID: 348469
ISSN: 1528-3542
PURE UUID: ffb027d8-d68d-4a5b-bf3f-352c54b71b0c

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Date deposited: 13 Feb 2013 14:54
Last modified: 30 Aug 2017 13:01

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Author: Wijnand A. P. van Tilburg
Author: Eric R. Igou

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