The nostalgia 'Force' is strong with 'Star Wars' fans

December 16, 2015 12:48 PM

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The nostalgia 'Force' is strong with 'Star Wars' fans

The social benefits of nostalgia can create a greater sense of love, connection, self-esteem and meaningfulness, especially when people summon memories involving success or benchmark life experiences. In times of uncertainty, they can use nostalgic memories to "right the ship" and feel inspired by what they've achieved in the past to pursue a brighter future, Routledge said.

Emily Manor-Chapman, who leads a team of engineers for the Juno mission to Jupiter at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, remembers how her love of space and the desire to work in engineering coincided and grew when she watched the "Star Wars" films while in high school.

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