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| 08/01/1982

The need for cognition

John Cacioppo | Richard Petty

This paper discusses four studies that allowed the authors to develop and validate a scale measuring an individual’s ‘need for cognition’ (that is, an indivdual’s tendency to engage in thinking and enjoy the practice of thinking things through). Notably, the studies revealed a positive correlation between need for cognition and general intelligence.


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