Need for cognition and external information search effort

Bas Verplanken, Pieter T. Hazenberg, Grace R. Palenéwen

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Fifty-three subjects indicated desired information at a brands × attributes information display board and generated cognitive responses in a thought-listing task. Need for cognition was measured. High need for cognition (NC) subjects selected more information and generated more task-related cognitive responses than low NC subjects. The results suggest that high NC subjects expended more cognitive effort on information search than low NC subjects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)128-136
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology(all)


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