A further look at the five-dimensional curiosity construct

Menucha Birenbaum*, F. Nasser-Abu Alhija, Hany Shilton, Helena Kimron, Rovena Rosanski, Neria Shahor

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The five-dimensional curiosity construct, recently advanced by Kashdan and his colleagues (2018a), was examined using open-ended and Likert type questionnaires to further understand the nomological network and correlates of the five curiosity dimensions. The nature of each dimension (Joyous Exploration, Deprivation Sensitivity, Stress Tolerance, Social curiosity, and Thrill-Seeking)and of profiles based on those dimensions were examined as well as their relationships with value-driven actions (Personal Well-being, Moral values, Religious values, Social Ideology, and Environment.)Results of qualitative and quantitative analyses shed light on the role of positive uncertainty (stress tolerance)and of thrill-seeking in shaping epistemic and social curiosity; on authentic descriptions of reactions to curiosity-related objects or situations; on types of questions of interest that are more likely to be posed by curious people, and on values that drive their actions. The findings were discussed from an educative perspective.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-65
Number of pages9
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
StatePublished - 15 Oct 2019


  • Curiosity dimensions
  • Curiosity profiles
  • Positive uncertainty
  • Value-driven actions


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