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Nostalgia: content, triggers, functions

Nostalgia: content, triggers, functions
Nostalgia: content, triggers, functions
Seven methodologically diverse studies addressed 3 fundamental questions about nostalgia. Studies 1 and 2 examined the content of nostalgic experiences. Descriptions of nostalgic experiences typically featured the self as a protagonist in interactions with close others (e.g., friends) or in momentous events (e.g., weddings). Also, the descriptions contained more expressions of positive than negative affect and often depicted the redemption of negative life scenes by subsequent triumphs. Studies 3 and 4 examined triggers of nostalgia and revealed that nostalgia occurs in response to negative mood and the discrete affective state of loneliness. Studies 5, 6, and 7 investigated the functional utility of nostalgia and established that nostalgia bolsters social bonds, increases positive self-regard, and generates positive affect. These findings demarcate key landmarks in the hitherto uncharted research domain of nostalgia
nostalgia, emotions, affect, self, relationships
0022-3514
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Wildschut, Tim
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Wildschut, Tim, Sedikides, Constantine, Arndt, Jamie and Routledge, Clay (2006) Nostalgia: content, triggers, functions Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 91, (5), pp. 975-993.

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Seven methodologically diverse studies addressed 3 fundamental questions about nostalgia. Studies 1 and 2 examined the content of nostalgic experiences. Descriptions of nostalgic experiences typically featured the self as a protagonist in interactions with close others (e.g., friends) or in momentous events (e.g., weddings). Also, the descriptions contained more expressions of positive than negative affect and often depicted the redemption of negative life scenes by subsequent triumphs. Studies 3 and 4 examined triggers of nostalgia and revealed that nostalgia occurs in response to negative mood and the discrete affective state of loneliness. Studies 5, 6, and 7 investigated the functional utility of nostalgia and established that nostalgia bolsters social bonds, increases positive self-regard, and generates positive affect. These findings demarcate key landmarks in the hitherto uncharted research domain of nostalgia

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Published date: November 2006
Keywords: nostalgia, emotions, affect, self, relationships

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Local EPrints ID: 40445
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/40445
ISSN: 0022-3514
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Date deposited: 03 Jul 2006
Last modified: 30 Aug 2017 08:55

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Author: Tim Wildschut
Author: Jamie Arndt
Author: Clay Routledge

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