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Type: Journal article
Title: Deconstructing intellectual curiosity
Author: Powell, C.
Nettelbeck, T.
Burns, N.
Citation: Personality and Individual Differences, 2016; 95:147-151
Publisher: Elsevier
Issue Date: 2016
ISSN: 0191-8869
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Christopher Powell, Ted Nettelbeck, Nicholas R. Burns
Abstract: Scales of Need for Cognition (NFC), Typical Intellectual Engagement (TIE), and Epistemic Curiosity (EC) measure intellectual curiosity (IC). These scales correlate strongly and have been factor-analyzed individually but not together. Here N = 396 (143 males) undergraduates completed measures of NFC, TIE, and EC. Six factors, labeled Intellectual Avoidance, Deprivation, Problem Solving, Abstract Thinking, Reading, and Wide Interest, were identified. TIE is the broadest scale, measuring all factors except Deprivation; NFC measures Intellectual Avoidance and Problem Solving, plus Abstract Thinking and Deprivation to a lesser degree; and EC largely measures Deprivation. Moreover, Reading may not fit in the IC domain; higher-order factor analysis indicated that, whereas items measuring Reading loaded more strongly on their first-order factor, items measuring the other factors strongly loaded on a general factor of IC. These results are significant for understanding the contents of these scales, and for future scale development.
Keywords: Curiosity; intellectual curiosity; Epistemic Curiosity; Need for Cognition; Typical Intellectual Engagement; intellect
Rights: © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2016.02.037
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