Scent-evoked nostalgia

Reid, C.A, Green, J.D., Wildschut, Tim and Sedikides, Constantine (2013) Scent-evoked nostalgia Memory, 23, (2), pp. 157-166. (doi:10.1080/09658211.2013.876048).


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Can scents evoke nostalgia; what might be the psychological implications of such an evocation? Participants sampled 12 scents and rated the extent to which each scent was familiar, arousing and autobiographically relevant, as well as the extent to which each scent elicited nostalgia. Participants who were high (compared to low) in nostalgia proneness reported more scent-evoked nostalgia, and scents elicited greater nostalgia to the extent that they were arousing, familiar and autobiographically relevant. Scent-evoked nostalgia predicted higher levels of positive affect, self-esteem, self-continuity, optimism, social connectedness and meaning in life. In addition, scent-evoked nostalgia was characterised by more positive emotions than either non-nostalgic autobiographical memories or non-nostalgic non-autobiographical memories. Finally, scent-evoked nostalgia predicted in-the-moment feelings of personal (general or object-specific) nostalgia. The findings represent a foray into understanding the triggers and affective signature of scent-evoked nostalgia

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1080/09658211.2013.876048
ISSNs: 0965-8211 (print)
Keywords: nostalgia, olfaction, scent-evoked nostalgia, psychological functions, autobiographical memory
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
ePrint ID: 374616
Date :
Date Event
11 December 2013Accepted/In Press
23 January 2014e-pub ahead of print
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2015 13:51
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 06:38
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