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Music-evoked nostalgia: affect, memory, and personality

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Participants listened to randomly selected excerpts of popular music and rated how nostalgic each song made them feel. Nostalgia was stronger to the extent that a song was autobiographically salient, arousing, familiar, and elicited a greater number of positive, negative, and mixed emotions. These effects were moderated by individual differences (nostalgia proneness, mood state, dimensions of the Affective Neurosciences Personality Scale, and factors of the Big Five Inventory). Nostalgia proneness predicted stronger nostalgic experiences, even after controlling for other individual difference measures. Nostalgia proneness was predicted by the Sadness dimension of the Affective Neurosciences Personality Scale and Neuroticism of the Big Five Inventory. Nostalgia was associated with both joy and sadness, whereas nonnostalgic and nonautobiographical experiences were associated with irritation.

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Barrett, Frederick S., Grimm, Kevin J., Robins, Richard W., Wildschut, Tim, Sedikides, Constantine and Janata, Petr (2010) Music-evoked nostalgia: affect, memory, and personality Emotion, 10, (3), pp. 390-403. (doi:10.1037/a0019006).

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Published date: June 2010

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Local EPrints ID: 79905
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/79905
ISSN: 1528-3542
PURE UUID: ceebe766-80eb-4425-867d-aa535449aaa0

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Date deposited: 23 Mar 2010
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 23:15

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Author: Frederick S. Barrett
Author: Kevin J. Grimm
Author: Richard W. Robins
Author: Tim Wildschut
Author: Petr Janata

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