King's College London

Research portal

The mnemonic muse: nostalgia fosters creativity through openness to experience

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Wijnand van Tilburg, Constantine Sedikides, Tim Wildschut

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
Early online date12 Feb 2015
E-pub ahead of print12 Feb 2015
PublishedJul 2015


King's Authors


We proposed and tested the hypothesis that nostalgia fosters creativity. In Experiments 1 and 2, we examined whether nostalgia increases creativity. Nostalgia, relative to control, sparked creative prose in a writing task. We proceeded to test the mediating role of openness to experience. As hypothesized, openness to experience emerged as a plausible mediator of nostalgia's positive influence on creativity in Experiment 3. Finally, in Experiment 4, nostalgia, mediated by openness, boosted creativity above and beyond positive affect. The findings showcase the relevance of nostalgic reverie for the present and future, and establish nostalgia as a force of creative endeavors. (c) 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Download statistics

No data available

View graph of relations

© 2020 King's College London | Strand | London WC2R 2LS | England | United Kingdom | Tel +44 (0)20 7836 5454