Dispositional Differences in Cognitive Motivation : The Life and Times of Individuals Varying in Need for Cognition

  title={Dispositional Differences in Cognitive Motivation : The Life and Times of Individuals Varying in Need for Cognition},
  author={John T. Cacioppo and Richard E. Petty and Jeffrey A. Feinstein and W. Blair G. Jarvis},
Need for cognition in contemporary literature refers to an individual's tendency to engage in and enjoy effortful cognitive endeavors. Individual differences in need for cognition have been the focus of investigation in over 100 empirical studies. This literature is reviewed, covering the theory and history of this variable, measures of interindividual variations in it, and empirical relationships between it and personality variables, as well as individuals' tendencies to seek andengage in… Expand

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