Nostalgia induction

Johnyxxx

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Hello,

Can anybody explain to me what exactly nostalgia induction means? (did they evoke a feeling of nostalgia in the participants?)

After being reminded of their mortality (relative to an aversive dental procedure), the more nostalgic participants felt, the more meaningful they perceived their life to be. Also, after reminders of mortality (relative to a dental procedure or failing an important exam), participants who were more prone to nostalgia (e.g., had reported frequent engagement in nostalgia), or who had received a nostalgia induction, actually had fewer death-related thoughts. Nostalgia boosted perceptions of life as meaningful and assuaged existential threat.

NOSTALGIA: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE
Constantine Sedikides and Tim Wildschut (University of Southampton); Jamie Arndt (University of Missouri); Clay Routledge (North Dakota State University)

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Nostalgia was induced by the researcher. That is, the research did something that prompted the participant to think of something pleasant in the past. It was an induction of nostalgia into the participant. When nostalgia was induced, the person who received it thought of death fewer times.

Have you looked up "induction" or "induce"?
 
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Yes, I have, but these academic terms are sometimes hard to get in a certain context even if you know what the words separately mean ...
 

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So true! I had texts in college that had sentences I needed to diagram to untangle. Why do they do that? Why, why, why?
 

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It's a postmodern neo-Marxist plot. If they want the texts published they have to write in code. (I'm only half-joking).
 
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