Curiosity and Crisis over the Lifespan

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Curiosity and Crisis over the Lifespan

Working with colleagues in the UK, we’ve found evidence that curiosity is more frequently experienced and expressed during times of personal turmoil, suggesting it may play a key role in responding to uncertainty during stressful periods in one’s life.

Robinson, O.C., Demetre, J., & Litman, J.A. (2017). Adult life stage and crisis as predictors of curiosity and authenticity: Testing inferences from Erikson’s lifespan theory. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 41, 426-431