Past forward: Nostalgia as a motivational force

Sedikides, Constantine and Wildschut, Robert (2016) Past forward: Nostalgia as a motivational force Trends in Cognitive Sciences, pp. 1-3. (doi:10.1016/j.tics.2016.01.008). (PMID:26905661).


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Nostalgia has endured a negative reputation, being branded an unhealthy preoccupation with one's past. This reputation is unwarranted. Nostalgia has remarkable implications for one's future. It strengthens approach orientation, raises optimism, evokes inspiration, boosts creativity, and kindles prosociality. Far from reflecting escapism from the present, nostalgia potentiates an attainable future.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/j.tics.2016.01.008
ISSNs: 1364-6613 (print)
Keywords: nostalgia, motivation, optimism, inspiration, creativity, prosociality
ePrint ID: 392658
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24 January 2016Accepted/In Press
18 February 2016e-pub ahead of print
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2016 09:10
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2017 04:58
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