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

Jannica Heinström

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    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.
    Original languageUndefined/Unknown
    Title of host publicationInformation Experience: Approaches to Theory and Practice.
    EditorsChristine Bruce, Kate Davis, Hilary Hughes, Helen Partridge, Ian Stoodley
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78350-816-7
    ISBN (Print)978-1-78350-815-0
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book


    • Approach to studying
    • personality
    • students

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