Nostalgia: The gift that keeps on giving

Tim Wildschut, University of Southampton, UK

Nostalgia, a sentimental longing for a personally experienced and valued past, is a social emotion. It refers to significant others in the context of momentous life events, and it fosters a sense of social connectedness. I will discuss research showing that nostalgia promotes charitable and prosocial intentions and behavior, and discuss how this effect occurs – because nostalgia promotes empathy with the charity’s beneficiaries.


About Tim Wildschut

Tim Wildschut is an associate professor at the University of Southampton, England. His main research interest is in the area of nostalgia. His work has been recognized with the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize and the Jos Jaspars Medal for outstanding scientific contributions to social psychology.