Curiosity seen as motivation for information gain in open and neurotic individuals
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
The aim of the current study was to investigate if Openness – to – Experience and Neuroticism personality traits are associated with curiosity. This will help us to estimate whether knowledge expansion is dependent on a person’s personality and which trait is more willing to invest time on learning. The experiment consisted of two different sessions. To estimate curiosity, 40 subjects first performed a word-synonymy task, where Shannon’s (1948) entropy was estimated and the result of which lead to the measurement of uncertainty. Then in a second session, participants had the option to request for feedback between a few alternative options at a cost (time), and they were also required to estimate their satisfaction about the answer on a valence rating scale. Finally, participants were screened for personality traits. Neurotic individuals appeared to be more willing in investing time on feedback request, in contrast to open individuals.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 21 p.
curiosity, information gain, openness, neuroticism
Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-126127OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-126127DiVA: diva2:975185
Master's Programme in Cognitive Science
Holm, Linus, Docent
Olofsson, Åke, Professor