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How Nostalgic Memories Manipulate Your Reality

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Published on Oct 10, 2018

The experience of nostalgia, which feels good, doesn’t always lead to making good decisions. So, how does nostalgia permeate the brain? And what exactly does it do our decision-making?

Read More:

Human emotion and memory: interactions of the amygdala
and hippocampal complex
http://www.psych.nyu.edu/phelpslab/pa...
“The amygdala and hippocampal complex, two medial temporal lobe structures, are linked to two independent memory systems, each with unique characteristic functions. In emotional situations, these two systems interact in subtle but important ways. Although these are independent memory systems, they act in concert when emotion meets memory.”

What is nostalgia good for?
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/ma...
“In recent years, psychologists have been trying to analyse the powerful and enduring appeal of our own past - what Mr Routledge calls the "psychological underpinnings of nostalgia".
"Why does it matter? Why would a 40-year-old man care about a car he drove when he was 18?" he asks. It matters, quite simply, because nostalgia makes us feel good.”

Why Nostalgia Is Good for You
https://www.scientificamerican.com/ar...
“In several experiments conducted online and in the laboratory, when subjects were induced to experience wistful reverie via sentimental song lyrics or memories, they reported greater self-continuity, as measured by a validated index that asks participants how much they agree with statements such as ‘I feel connected with my past’ and ‘important aspects of my personality remain the same over time.’”

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