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Scent-evoked nostalgia

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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

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Reid, C.A, Green, J.D., Wildschut, Tim and Sedikides, Constantine (2015) Scent-evoked nostalgia Memory, 23, (2), pp. 157-166. (doi:10.1080/09658211.2013.876048).

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Accepted/In Press date: 11 December 2013
e-pub ahead of print date: 23 January 2014
Published date: 2015
Keywords: nostalgia, olfaction, scent-evoked nostalgia, psychological functions, autobiographical memory

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Local EPrints ID: 374616
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/374616
ISSN: 0965-8211
PURE UUID: f820b651-ceea-48b0-ae68-09764b7144d6

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Date deposited: 24 Feb 2015 13:51
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 21:25

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Author: C.A Reid
Author: J.D. Green
Author: Tim Wildschut

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