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NDSU professor showcased on TV episode about nostalgia

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Clay Routledge

Clay Routledge, Challey Professor of Management, recently was featured on Peacock TV’s "The Overview."

Routlege was interviewed by host Gadi Schwartz in the new series’ second episode, titled “Remember When?” The episode centered on people’s feeling of nostalgia during the pandemic, and the desire to return to a time of normalcy.

“I hope viewers learn that their nostalgic feelings are often very helpful to both psychological and physical health. Nostalgia motivates us to connect with others and to focus on what gives our lives meaning,” Routledge said. “I also hope people appreciate how nostalgia isn't just about the past, that it very much influences the future. For example, nostalgia can inspire creativity and innovation. Many new products and services are based on people's nostalgic memories and their desire to update something that brought them happiness and meaning in the past.”

Viewers can sign up for Peacock for free and find the latest episodes of “The Overview” in the news section of Peacock's Browse tab every Saturday.

Routledge is a psychological scientist, writer, consultant and public speaker, whose research concentrates on the need for meaning in life. He has published more than 100 scholarly papers, co-edited three books on existential psychology and written two books – “Nostalgia: A Psychological Resource” and “Supernatural: Death, Meaning, and the Power of the Invisible World.”

His work has been featured in major media outlets, such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, CBS News, ABC News, BBC News, CBC News, CNN, MSNBC, Men’s Health, The Atlantic and The New Yorker. He has written articles for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, National Review and Entrepreneur. He also was the lead writer for the TED-Ed lesson “Why Do We Feel Nostalgia?”

Routledge also is a senior research fellow at Archbridge Institute and faculty affiliate at the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard's Institute for Quantitative Social Science.

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