A blast from the past: the terror management function of nostalgia


Routledge, C., Arndt, A., Sedikides, C. and Wildschut, Tim (2008) A blast from the past: the terror management function of nostalgia Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, (1), pp. 132-140. (doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2006.11.001).

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According to terror management theory, people turn to meaning-providing structures to cope with the knowledge of inevitable mortality. Recent theory and research suggest that nostalgia is a meaning-providing resource and thus may serve such an existential function. The current research tests and supports this idea. In Experiments 1 and 2, nostalgia proneness was measured and mortality salience manipulated. In Experiment 1, when mortality was salient, the more prone to nostalgia participants were, the more they perceived life to be meaningful. In Experiment 2, when mortality was salient, the more prone to nostalgia participants were, the less death thoughts were accessible. In Experiment 3, nostalgia and mortality salience were manipulated. It was found that nostalgia buffered the effects of mortality salience on death-thought accessibility.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2006.11.001
ISSNs: 0022-1031 (print)
Keywords: nostalgia, mortality salience, death-thought accessibility, meaninglessness, self-protection
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
ePrint ID: 63107
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January 2008Published
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2008
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 17:27
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/63107

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