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.

(for more information on Interpersonal Curiosity, click on the Publications & Media link in the menu bar at the top).

Measurement of I- and D-type Curiosity Across Cultures

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Measurement of I- and D-type Curiosity Across Cultures
The latest published work on the I/D Model of EC across cultures – this is part of a series of ongoing studies aimed at examining the universality of the I/D Model as well as exploring the nature, experience and expression of curiosity around the world!

Litman, J.A. & Mussel, P. (2013). Development and validation of German translations of interest- and deprivation-type epistemic curiosity scales. Journal of Individual Differences, 34, 59-68.

Click on the “Research in Progress” link to the right for more details on other cross cultural studies.

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.

The Development of Epistemic Curiosity in Young Children

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The Development of Epistemic Curiosity in Young Children

My latest findings based on collaborative work with colleagues in the Netherlands on the development of epistemic curiosity in children ages 3 – 8. This is part of a larger longitudinal study currently in progress.

Piotrowski, J.T., Litman, J.A., & Valkenburg, P. (2014). Measuring epistemic curiosity in young children. Infant and Child Development, 23, 542-533.

ID EC scale for Young Children (ID-YC)