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Nostalgia-evoked inspiration: mediating mechanisms and motivational implications

Stephan, Elena, Sedikides, Constantine, Wildschut, Tim, Cheung, Wing-Yee, Routledge, Clay and Arndt, J. (2015) Nostalgia-evoked inspiration: mediating mechanisms and motivational implications Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41, (10), pp. 1395-1410.

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Six studies examined the nostalgia—inspiration link and its motivational implications. In Study 1, nostalgia proneness was positively associated with inspiration frequency and intensity. In Studies 2-3, the recollection of nostalgic (vs. ordinary) experiences increased both general inspiration and specific inspiration to engage in exploratory activities. In Study 4, serial mediational analyses supported a model in which nostalgia increases social connectedness, which subsequently fosters self-esteem, which then boosts inspiration. In Study 5, a rigorous evaluation of this serial mediational model (with a novel nostalgia induction controlling for positive affect) reinforced the idea that nostalgia-elicited social connectedness increases self-esteem, which then heightens inspiration. Study 6 extended the serial mediational model by demonstrating that nostalgia-evoked inspiration predicts goal-pursuit (intentions to pursue an important goal). Nostalgia spawns inspiration via social connectedness and attendant self-esteem. In turn, nostalgia-evoked inspiration bolsters motivation.

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Accepted/In Press date: June 2015
e-pub ahead of print date: 30 July 2015
Published date: October 2015
Keywords: nostalgia, inspiration, social connectedness, self-esteem, motivation
Organisations: Psychology


Local EPrints ID: 378707
ISSN: 0146-1672
PURE UUID: 28c1c30e-c0a0-42c3-a131-3e1e1bd61277

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Date deposited: 14 Jul 2015 13:00
Last modified: 30 Aug 2017 06:36

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Author: Elena Stephan
Author: Tim Wildschut
Author: Wing-Yee Cheung
Author: Clay Routledge
Author: J. Arndt

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