When the word "nostalgia" was coined in 1688, it was considered an illness—Johannes Hoffer, the doctor who originated it, called it a "neurological disease of essentially demonic cause." Centuries later, researchers recognize it as a pleasant feeling that almost everyone experiences. But the feeling of nostalgia isn't just mental; it's also physical.
Warm And Fuzzies
Why Do You Feel Nostalgia?
Delve into the surprising science behind the emotion.
Why Does Some Food Make You Feel Nostalgic?
What causes the intense nostalgia that comes from food, like that of Proust's madeleine?
The Psychology of Going Home
Here's what's at work in your brain when you visit your hometown.
Wake up with the smartest email in your inbox.
Our Best Articles Daily