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ERIC Number: EJ876812
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 66
ISSN: ISSN-0022-1325
The Measurement and Conceptualization of Curiosity
Reio, Thomas G., Jr.; Petrosko, Joseph M.; Wiswell, Albert K.; Thongsukmag, Juthamas
Journal of Genetic Psychology, v167 n2 p117-135 Jun 2006
In this study, the authors tried various methods to measure and conceptualize curiosity. A sample of 369 education students (103 men, 266 women) who were attending universities on the East Coast of the United States completed 5 paper-and-pencil curiosity measures in 1 of their classes. Using confirmatory factor analysis, the authors found that the data best fit a 3-factor curiosity model consisting of cognitive curiosity, physical thrill seeking, and social thrill seeking. These findings supported the development of new instruments that specifically measured those 3 curiosity types, new empirical research predicting meaningful curiosity-related outcomes, and subsequent theory building concerning how and why curiosity is a fundamental part of optimal human functioning. (Contains 4 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States