Psychological factors behind incidental information acquisition

A1 Journal article (refereed)

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Jannica Heinström
Publication year: 2006
Journal: Library and Information Science Research
Journal acronym: LIBR INFORM SCI RES
Volume number: 28
Issue number: 4
Start page: 579
End page: 594
Number of pages: 16
ISSN: 0740-8188


This paper discusses incidental information acquisition in the light of psychological aspects. A theoretical introduction is followed by an account of three research projects where incidental information acquisition was related to personality traits, approaches to studying, and emotions. The respondents were grades 6-12, master's thesis, and mature library and information science (LIS) students representing an age range of 12-53 years. An energetic personality, high motivation, and positive emotionality were shown to enhance likelihood for incidental acquisition, while low motivation, stress, and insecurity reduced receptivity. (C) 2006 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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