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.