Nostalgia

Just posted some  photo’s at MaHKU’s facebook page, answering a call for pics of MaHKU in action. MaHKU is where I studied in 2009 – 2010. Browsed through my pics  & now I suffer from acute nostalgia. Which is, apparently, a medical condition.

Wiki: The term nostalgia describes a sentimentality for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.[1] The word is a learned formation of a Greek compound, consisting of νόστος (nóstos), meaning “homecoming”, a Homeric word, and ἄλγος (álgos), meaning “pain, ache”. It was described as a medical condition, a form of melancholy, in the Early Modern period, and became an important trope in Romanticism.[1]

The scientific literature on nostalgia is quite thin, but there are a few studies that have attempted to pin down the essence of nostalgia, and what causes it. Smell and touch are also strong evokers of nostalgia and memories in general due to the processing of these stimuli first passing through the amygdala, the emotional seat of the brain. These recollections of our past are usually important events, people we care about, and places where we have spent time. Music can also be a strong trigger of nostalgia.

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