The Emotional Valence of Information Experience: Relation to Personality and Approach to Studying

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List of Authors: Heinström Jannica
Editors: Christine Bruce, Kate Davis, Hilary Hughes, Helen Partridge, Ian Stoodley
Publication year: 2014
Publisher: Emerald
Book title: Information Experience: Approaches to Theory and Practice.
Title of series: Library and Information Science
Volume number: 9
Start page: 275
End page: 293
ISBN: 978-1-78350-815-0
eISBN: 978-1-78350-816-7
ISSN: 1876-0562


This chapter discusses individual differences in information experiences, with particular focus on emotional aspects. It reports findings from two studies that explored K12 and mature students’ experiences of uncertainty in the information search process. These experiences were related to the respondents’ personality traits and approaches to studying. The studies found that intrinsic motivation and openness to experience increased the likelihood of a pleasant information experience in a study context, while extrinsic motivation and insecurity often resulted in a negative one. Conscientious and systematic searchers tended to be foremost goal-oriented, whereby the affective tone of a search depended on the amount of progress towards the goal. Patterns of explorative or systematic searching were found both during a specific inquiry process and as broader conceptions of regularly occurring information experiences.


Approach to studying, personality, students

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