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The Psychology of Curiosity: A Review and Reinterpretation (eBook)
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Language of Ebook: English Date of Publication: 1994 by Psychological Bulletin
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Research on curiosity has undergone 2 waves of intense activity. The first, in the 1960s, focused mainly on curiosity's psychological underpinnings. the second, in the 1970s and 1980s, was characterized by attempts to measure curiosity and assess its dimensionality. This article reviews these contributions with a concentration on the first wave. It is argued that theoretic Research on curiosity has undergone 2 waves of intense activity. The first, in the 1960s, focused mainly on curiosity's psychological underpinnings. the second, in the 1970s and 1980s, was characterized by attempts to measure curiosity and assess its dimensionality. This article reviews these contributions with a concentration on the first wave. It is argued that theoretical accounts of curiosity proposed during the first period fell short in two areas: They did not offer an adequate explanation for why people voluntarily seek out curiosity, and they failed to delineate situational determinants of curiosity. Furthermore, these accounts did not draw attention to, and thus did not explain, certain salient characteristics of curiosity: its intensity, transience, association with impulsivity, and tendency to disappoint when satisfied. A new account of curiosity is offered that attempts to address these shortcomings. The new account interprets curiosity as a form of cognitively induced deprivation that arises from the perception of a gap in knowledge or understanding.

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