Five personality dimensions and their influence on information behaviour

A1 Journal article (refereed)

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Jannica Heinström
Publication year: 2003
Journal: Information Research
Journal acronym: INFORM RES
Volume number: 9
Issue number: 1
Number of pages: 19
ISSN: 1368-1613


This article emphasize the importance of considering psychological mechanisms for a thorough understanding of users of information services. The focal point is the relation between personality and information seeking which is explored through a quantitative analysis of 305 university students' personality traits and information habits. It is shown that information behaviour could be connected to all the personality dimensions tested in the study - neuroticism, extraversion, openness to experience, competitiveness and conscientiousness. Possible explanations for these relations are discussed. It is concluded that inner traits interact with contextual factors in their final impact on information behaviour.

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