Are sensation seekers attracted to intense or positive stimuli? The importance of 'sensation' to research on sensation seeking

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This study was designed to determine whether high sensation seekers seek positive or intense stimuli. Research participants were tested on their memory for positive and negative words that were extreme or moderate in intensity. The finding that low sensation-seeking females remembered more words than any of the other groups of research participants supported neither of the proposed alternative hypotheses. These results are interpreted in terms of the importance of methodology in research on sensation seeking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)441-443
Number of pages3
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes


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  • Psychology(all)

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