Curiosity and Exploration

Curiosity and Exploration

Theories and Results

1st Edition - January 28, 1983

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  • Authors: Hans-Georg Voss, Heidi Keller
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483263076

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Curiosity and Exploration: Theories and Results provides a systematic review of research on curiosity and exploration and is intended to present theories, methods, and research findings and to compare these with other fields of psychology. The text discusses topics on various aspects of curiosity and exploration such as the historical development of curiosity research; theoretical approaches to fully explain the phenomena of curiosity and exploration; developmental perspective in the study of curiosity and exploration; and the author's summary and evaluation at the end of the book. Psychologists will find the book to be very interesting.

Table of Contents

  • Contents


    1. Historical Overview and the Frame of Reference of Motivational Psychology

    Theoretical Conceptions of Curiosity and Drive

    Intrinsically Motivated Exploration

    2. The Conceptual Framework of Curiosity and Exploration

    3. Theoretical Approaches

    D. E. Berlyne's Curiosity Theory

    P. McReynolds: A Theoretical Explanation of Exploratory Behavior

    Livson's Definition of Curiosity

    Concluding Evaluation

    4. Methods I: Stimulus Determinants of Exploratory Behavior

    Stimulus Complexity

    Stimulus Novelty

    5. Methods II: Recording Exploratory Behavior

    Visual Methods

    Manipulative Methods

    Verbal Self-Reports

    Projective Methods for Assessing Verbal Exploration

    6. Curiosity and Exploration in the Context of Developmental Psychology

    "Interest in Novelty" in J. Piaget's Theory

    Motivational Psychology Approaches

    Cognitive Psychology Models, Complexity, and Age

    Exploration and Perceptual Development

    Exploration and Question Asking


    7. Aspects of Differential Psychology

    8. Sex Differences

    Animal Studies

    Neurophysiological Explanations

    Sex Differences as the Product of Child-Rearing Practices

    9. Exploration, Social Class, and Culture

    Social Class


    10. Exploration, Curiosity, and Intelligence

    11. Curiosity and Creativity

    12. Anxiety and Exploration

    13. Summary and Evaluation

    What Is Meant by Curiosity and Exploration?

    Under What Circumstances Does Exploratory Behavior Occur?

    What Are the Consequences of Exploratory Behavior?

    Some Additional Considerations


    Author Index

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 220
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1983
  • Published: January 28, 1983
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483263076

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Hans-Georg Voss

Heidi Keller

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