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5HTTLPR polymorphism is associated with nostalgia proneness: The role of neuroticism

5HTTLPR polymorphism is associated with nostalgia proneness: The role of neuroticism
5HTTLPR polymorphism is associated with nostalgia proneness: The role of neuroticism
Nostalgia, a sentimental longing for the past, is a self-relevant and social emotion. Nostalgia proneness is associated with alleviation of distress or instability (e.g., neuroticism). Although nostalgia proneness is heritable, the specific molecular contributors to this heritability are unknown. We focused on a polymorphism in the promoter of the serotonin transporter gene (5-HTTLPR) as a possible biological basis of nostalgia proneness, because the serotonin system has been associated with sensitivity to negative experience. Participants (N = 397 adults) who had reported levels of nostalgia proneness were genotyped. A subsample also completed a measure of neuroticism. Participants with the 5-HTTLPR short allele were higher on nostalgia proneness than those without this allele. Neuroticism mediated the relation between 5-HTTLPR and nostalgia proneness. These findings enrich our understanding of the genetic and personality underpinnings of nostalgia.
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Luo, Yu L.L.
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Way, Baldwin
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Welker, Keith
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DeWall, C. Nathan
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Bushman, Brad J.
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Wildschut, Tim
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DeWall, C. Nathan
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Bushman, Brad J.
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Luo, Yu L.L., Way, Baldwin, Welker, Keith, DeWall, C. Nathan, Bushman, Brad J., Wildschut, Tim and Sedikides, Constantine (2017) 5HTTLPR polymorphism is associated with nostalgia proneness: The role of neuroticism. Social Neuroscience, 1-8. (doi:10.1080/17470919.2017.1414717).

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Nostalgia, a sentimental longing for the past, is a self-relevant and social emotion. Nostalgia proneness is associated with alleviation of distress or instability (e.g., neuroticism). Although nostalgia proneness is heritable, the specific molecular contributors to this heritability are unknown. We focused on a polymorphism in the promoter of the serotonin transporter gene (5-HTTLPR) as a possible biological basis of nostalgia proneness, because the serotonin system has been associated with sensitivity to negative experience. Participants (N = 397 adults) who had reported levels of nostalgia proneness were genotyped. A subsample also completed a measure of neuroticism. Participants with the 5-HTTLPR short allele were higher on nostalgia proneness than those without this allele. Neuroticism mediated the relation between 5-HTTLPR and nostalgia proneness. These findings enrich our understanding of the genetic and personality underpinnings of nostalgia.

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Accepted/In Press date: 3 December 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 6 December 2017

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Local EPrints ID: 416309
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/416309
ISSN: 1747-0919
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Date deposited: 12 Dec 2017 17:30
Last modified: 13 Mar 2019 19:09

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Author: Yu L.L. Luo
Author: Baldwin Way
Author: Keith Welker
Author: C. Nathan DeWall
Author: Brad J. Bushman
Author: Tim Wildschut

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