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Nostalgia Scale

Nostalgia is an important emotion, but it can cloud your present-day decision-making. This scale helps assess whether your feelings of nostalgia may be overpowering your better judgment.

Mark Travers, Ph.D.

By Mark Travers, Ph.D. | October 25, 2023

Measuring nostalgia involves exploring the memories, emotions, and cognitive processes that contribute to a “wistful longing for the past.” Researchers often employ a combination of methods to gain insight into this phenomenon.

Below is one method to test a person’s propensity for engaging in nostalgic thought. It is adapted from scientific research conducted by Teodor Gergov and his collaborators.

This self-report measure helps quantify various aspects of nostalgia, offering a glimpse into the tapestry of personal recollections. Clinicians rely on assessments such as these to determine whether one’s longing for the past may be interfering with their present judgment and decision-making.

You can take this test here. Follow all of the steps to receive your results.

Step 1: For each of the statements below, indicate how much you agree with the following statement on a scale of 1 (Strongly Disagree) to 5 (Strongly Agree).

Step 2: Enter your age, gender, region, and first name so we can provide you with a detailed report that compares your test scores to people similar to you.

Step 3: Check to make sure you've provided answers to all of the statements/questions above. Once you've done that, click the button below to send your responses to Awake Therapy's Lead Psychologist, Mark Travers, Ph.D. He will provide you with an overview of how you scored relative to others (all answers are anonymized and confidential to protect users' privacy). He can also answer any follow-up questions you may have.

References: Gergov, T., & Stoyanova, S. (2013). Sentimentality and nostalgia in elderly people: Psychometric properties of a new questionnaire. Psychological Thought, 6(2).

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