Nostalgia is a common psychological experience. According to the traditional view, nostalgia involves three components. The first component is cognitive: nostalgia is associated with the retrieval of an autobiographical memory. The second component is affective: nostalgia is associated with a negatively valenced emotion. Finally, there is a conative component: nostalgia is thought to involve a desire to return to one's homeland. In this talk I challenge this traditional conception of nostalgia, and argue instead for a view in which nostalgia is not associated with memory but, rather, with imagination.
Felipe De Brigard, PhD is the Fuchsberg-Levine Family Associate Professor of Philosophy, and Associate Professor in the departments of Psychology and Neuroscience, and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke University. He is also Principal Investigator of the Imagination and Modal Cognition Laboratory (IMC-Lab) within the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences.
Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI)
Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS); Philosophy; Psychology and Neuroscience