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Nostalgia Motivates Pursuit of Important Goals by Increasing Meaning in Life

Sedikides, C, Cheung, W-Y, Wildschut, T, Hepper, Erica, Baldursson, E and Pedersen, B (2017) Nostalgia Motivates Pursuit of Important Goals by Increasing Meaning in Life European Journal of Social Psychology.

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Abstract

This research focused on existential and motivational implications of the emotion of nostalgia. Nostalgia (relative to control) increased meaning in life, which, in turn, galvanised intentions to pursue one’s most important goal (Experiment 1) and to pursue one’s most important, but not least important, goal (Experiment 2). The basic pattern held in two cultures (British and Danish) independently of positive affect. This is first evidence that nostalgia has specific motivational consequences (i.e., pursuit of more, but not less, important goals) and transmits these consequences via meaning in life. Also, this is first evidence that meaning is associated with specific motivational consequences. Discussion considers the relevance of the findings for the emotion and motivation literatures.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Psychology
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Sedikides, CUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Cheung, W-YUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Wildschut, TUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hepper, Ericae.hepper@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Baldursson, EUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Pedersen, BUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 25 May 2017
Identification Number : 10.1002/ejsp.2318
Copyright Disclaimer : This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Sedikides, C., Cheung, W.-Y., Wildschut, T., Hepper, E. G., Baldursson, E., and Pedersen, B. (2017) Nostalgia Motivates Pursuit of Important Goals by Increasing Meaning in Life. Eur. J. Soc. Psychol., doi: 10.1002/ejsp.2318, which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ejsp.2318/full. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Uncontrolled Keywords : nostalgia; meaning; meaning in life; motivation; goal pursuit; management of goal pursuit
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 02 May 2017 16:30
Last Modified : 11 Jul 2017 14:27
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/814088

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