The Huron University College Journal of Learning and Motivation

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The Effects of Pre-exposure and Stimulus Intensity on Epistemic Curiosity


Katie Varey


The goal of the current study was to investigate the role of the human curiosity drive. More specifically, the effects of pre-exposure and stimulus intensity on epistemic curiosity and the effects this has on performance. Forty participants were given statement sheets containing the answers to a questionnaire that they subsequently filled out. Pre-exposure was manipulated by giving some questions before and after the statement sheet while stimulus intensity was manipulated by using coloured font for various answers on the statement sheet. The other two groups had both of these variables or neither. A 2x2 ANOVA was used and pre-exposure was found to have a significant main effect on performance (F (1,36 = 1.47, p>.05).

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