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Anticipated Nostalgia: Looking Forward to Looking Back

Cheung, Wing-Yee, Hepper, Erica G., Reid, Chelsea A., Green, Jeffrey D., Wildschut, Tim and Sedikides, Constantine (2019) Anticipated Nostalgia: Looking Forward to Looking Back Cognition and Emotion.

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Anticipated nostalgia is a new construct that has received limited empirical attention. It concerns the anticipation of having nostalgic feelings for one’s present and future experiences. In three studies, we assessed its prevalence, content, emotional profile, and implications for self-regulation and psychological functioning. Study 1 revealed that anticipated nostalgia most typically concerns interpersonal relationships, and also concerns goals, plans, current life, and culture. Further, it is affectively laden with happiness, sadness, bittersweetness, and sociality. Studies 2 and 3 assessed the implications of anticipated nostalgia for self-regulation and psychological functioning. In both studies, positive evaluation of a personal experience was linked to stronger anticipated nostalgia, and anticipated nostalgia was linked to savoring of the experience. In Study 3, anticipated nostalgia measured prior to an important life transition predicted nostalgia a few months after the transition, and post-transition nostalgia predicted heightened self-esteem, social connectedness, and meaning in life.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Cheung, Wing-Yee
Hepper, Erica
Reid, Chelsea A.
Green, Jeffrey D.
Wildschut, Tim
Sedikides, Constantine
Date : 2 August 2019
DOI : 10.1080/02699931.2019.1649247
Copyright Disclaimer : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Cognition and Emotion on 02 August 2019, available online:
Uncontrolled Keywords : Nostalgia; Anticipated nostalgia; Emotion; Memory; Mental time travel
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Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 01 Aug 2019 07:32
Last Modified : 03 Aug 2020 02:08

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