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Using the past to promote a peaceful future: Nostalgia mitigates existential threat induced nationalistic and religious self-sacrifice

Using the past to promote a peaceful future: Nostalgia mitigates existential threat induced nationalistic and religious self-sacrifice
Using the past to promote a peaceful future: Nostalgia mitigates existential threat induced nationalistic and religious self-sacrifice
Recent research has demonstrated that nostalgia is a source of meaning in life that people utilize when managing existential concerns. The current studies further explored the existential function of nostalgia by testing the prediction that nostalgia decreases ideologically extreme defenses against existential threat (i.e., self-sacrifice on behalf of one's nation or religion). Results supported this hypothesis. In Study 1, mortality salience increased willingness to engage in nationalistic self-sacrifice for those low, but not high, in trait nostalgia. In Study 2, manipulated nostalgia mitigated the relationship between death-thought accessibility and willingness to engage in religious self-sacrifice
1864-9335
339-346
Routledge, Clay
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Juhl, Jacob
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Abeyta, Andrew
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Roylance, Christina
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Routledge, Clay
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Juhl, Jacob
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Abeyta, Andrew
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Roylance, Christina
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Routledge, Clay, Juhl, Jacob, Abeyta, Andrew and Roylance, Christina (2014) Using the past to promote a peaceful future: Nostalgia mitigates existential threat induced nationalistic and religious self-sacrifice. Social Psychology, 45 (5), 339-346. (doi:10.1027/1864-9335/a000172).

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Abstract

Recent research has demonstrated that nostalgia is a source of meaning in life that people utilize when managing existential concerns. The current studies further explored the existential function of nostalgia by testing the prediction that nostalgia decreases ideologically extreme defenses against existential threat (i.e., self-sacrifice on behalf of one's nation or religion). Results supported this hypothesis. In Study 1, mortality salience increased willingness to engage in nationalistic self-sacrifice for those low, but not high, in trait nostalgia. In Study 2, manipulated nostalgia mitigated the relationship between death-thought accessibility and willingness to engage in religious self-sacrifice

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Accepted/In Press date: 23 October 2013
Published date: 2014
Organisations: Psychology

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Local EPrints ID: 380039
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/380039
ISSN: 1864-9335
PURE UUID: d3a625e9-e24c-429f-941e-a7eca033ff78

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Date deposited: 28 Aug 2015 15:02
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 20:38

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