Music-Evoked Nostalgia: Affect, Memory, and Personality

Frederick S. Barrett, Kevin Grimm, Richard W. Robins, Tim Wildschut, Constantine Sedikides, Petr Janata

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)390-403
Number of pages14
JournalEmotion
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Affective Neurosciences Personality Scale
  • autobiographical memory
  • Big Five Inventory
  • mixed emotions
  • popular music

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  • Psychology(all)

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Barrett, F. S., Grimm, K., Robins, R. W., Wildschut, T., Sedikides, C., & Janata, P. (2010). Music-Evoked Nostalgia: Affect, Memory, and Personality. Emotion, 10(3), 390-403. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0019006

Music-Evoked Nostalgia : Affect, Memory, and Personality. / Barrett, Frederick S.; Grimm, Kevin; Robins, Richard W.; Wildschut, Tim; Sedikides, Constantine; Janata, Petr.

In: Emotion, Vol. 10, No. 3, 06.2010, p. 390-403.

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Barrett, FS, Grimm, K, Robins, RW, Wildschut, T, Sedikides, C & Janata, P 2010, 'Music-Evoked Nostalgia: Affect, Memory, and Personality', Emotion, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 390-403. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0019006
Barrett FS, Grimm K, Robins RW, Wildschut T, Sedikides C, Janata P. Music-Evoked Nostalgia: Affect, Memory, and Personality. Emotion. 2010 Jun;10(3):390-403. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0019006
Barrett, Frederick S. ; Grimm, Kevin ; Robins, Richard W. ; Wildschut, Tim ; Sedikides, Constantine ; Janata, Petr. / Music-Evoked Nostalgia : Affect, Memory, and Personality. In: Emotion. 2010 ; Vol. 10, No. 3. pp. 390-403.
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