Right-frontal cortical asymmetry predicts increased proneness to nostalgia

Tullett, A.M., Wildschut, T., Sedikides, C. and Inzlicht, M. (2015) Right-frontal cortical asymmetry predicts increased proneness to nostalgia Psychophysiology, 52, (8), pp. 990-996. (doi:10.1111/psyp.12438).


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Nostalgia is often triggered by feelings—such as sadness, loneliness, or meaninglessness—that are typically associated with withdrawal motivation. Here, we examined whether a trait tendency to experience withdrawal motivation is associated with nostalgia proneness. Past work indicates that baseline right-frontal cortical asymmetry is a neural correlate of withdrawal-related motivation. We therefore hypothesized that higher baseline levels of right-frontal asymmetry would predict increased proneness to nostalgia. We assessed participants' baseline levels of frontal cortical activity using EEG. Results supported the hypothesis and demonstrated that the association between relative right-frontal asymmetry and increased nostalgia remained significant when controlling for the Big Five personality traits. Overall, these findings indicate that individuals with a stronger dispositional tendency to experience withdrawal-related motivation are more prone to nostalgia

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/psyp.12438
ISSNs: 0048-5772 (print)
Keywords: nostalgia, frontal EEG asymmetry, approach and withdrawal, motivation, emotion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Organisations: Psychology
ePrint ID: 381178
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Date Event
4 March 2015Accepted/In Press
August 2015Published
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2015 14:26
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2017 04:27
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/381178

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