Intrapersonal Curiosity: Inquisitiveness about the Inner Self

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Intrapersonal Curiosity: Inquisitiveness about the Inner Self

Working with colleagues in the UK, we’ve begun to examine both the nature and dimensionality of Intrapersonal Curiosity (InC), or curiosity about the inner self, including examining one’s purpose and meaning in life, reflecting on one’s past, and contemplating the meaning of one’s emotions.

Litman, J.A., Robinson, O.C., & Demetre, J.D. (2017). Intrapersonal curiosity: Inquisitiveness about the inner self. Self and Identity, 16, 231-250.

Epistemic Curiosity and Medical Education

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Epistemic Curiosity and Medical Education

The latest published study on the role of I- and D-type EC and other expressions of intellectual curiosity in medical students at Harvard University. My colleagues and I find that I- and D-type EC may play an important role in setting self-directed learning goals aimed at developing a deeper understanding of medicine – critical for becoming a successful medical practitioner.

Richards, J.B., Litman, J. A., & Roberts D.H. (2013). Performance characteristics of measurement instruments of epistemic curiosity in third-year medical students. Medical Science Educator, 23, 355-363

Interpersonal Curiosity and Event-Related Brain Potentials

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Interpersonal Curiosity and Event-Related Brain Potentials

New findings that point to the neurological underpinnings of interpersonal curiosity and also provide further support for the I/D distinction.

Han, C., Li, P., Warren, C., Feng, T., Litman, J., Li, H. (2013). Electrophysiological evidence for the importance of interpersonal curiosity. Brain Research, 15, 45-54.

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Epistemic Curiosity and Self-Regulation

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Epistemic Curiosity and Self-Regulation

My colleagues and I have been exploring the relationships between I- and D-type EC and self-regulation. We find that I-type EC involves optimism, taking risks and having fun while learning, while D-type EC involves caution, deliberation and thoughtfulness in seeking knowledge. In short, it appears that I-type EC orients individuals towards carefree forms of intellectual exploration, whereas D-type EC orients individuals to utilize their cognitive resources more judiciously.

Lauriola, M., Litman, J. A., Mussel, P., Desantis, R., Crowson, H.M., & Hoffman, R.R. (2015). Epistemic curiosity and self-regulation. Personality and Individual Differences, 83, 202-207.