Less curious with age? The mediating role of future time perspective and perceived importance
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摘要This study aimed to examine the underlying mechanism behind the association of age and curiosity. Previous studies showed mixed findings regarding age-related decline of curiosity. According to the selective engagement theory, older adults, with limited time, tend to be more selective in resource allocation depending on the personal relevance of the topic or activity. Thus, it is possible that older adults do not become less curious with age but become more selective in where they invest their curiosity. The present study (N=857) tested the association between age and intellectual curiosity and the mediation effect of future time perspective and personal usefulness (i.e., a type of personal relevance). The finding suggested that age was significantly and negatively associated with intellectual curiosity. The indirect effect of age on curiosity through future time perspective and personal usefulness was also significant, while direct effect was not significant. This is one of the first studies to illustrate the importance of personal relevance in explaining age-related changes of curiosity, and it shed light to the situations in which older adults may be as information seeking as younger adults.
出版社接受日期18.10.2018
著者Li Chu, Helene H. Fung, Jeanne L. Tsai
會議名稱Exploring Curiosity 2018
會議開始日22.11.2018
會議完結日23.11.2018
會議地點Amsterdam
會議國家/地區荷蘭
出版年份2018
語言美式英語

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