Psychological factors behind incidental information acquisition

Jannica Heinström

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    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.
    Original languageUndefined/Unknown
    Pages (from-to)579–594
    Number of pages16
    JournalLibrary and Information Science Research
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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