- Andrew Abeyta, Rutgers Univ.-Camden
- Clay Routledge, North Dakota State Univ.
Chronically lonely people are less motivated to pursue social gains, which exacerbates loneliness. Nostalgia instigates approach-oriented social goals. Across two studies loneliness was associated with reduced intentions to pursue approach-oriented social goals. However, this relation weakened as a function of nostalgia. This research is suggestive of the intervention potential of nostalgia.