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Right-frontal cortical asymmetry predicts increased proneness to nostalgia

Right-frontal cortical asymmetry predicts increased proneness to nostalgia
Right-frontal cortical asymmetry predicts increased proneness to nostalgia
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
nostalgia, frontal EEG asymmetry, approach and withdrawal, motivation, emotion
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Tullett, A.M.
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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.

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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

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Accepted/In Press date: 4 March 2015
Published date: August 2015
Keywords: nostalgia, frontal EEG asymmetry, approach and withdrawal, motivation, emotion
Organisations: Psychology

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Local EPrints ID: 381178
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/381178
ISSN: 0048-5772
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Last modified: 30 Aug 2017 08:48

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Author: A.M. Tullett
Author: T. Wildschut
Author: C. Sedikides
Author: M. Inzlicht

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