Need for Cognition Scale

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Need for Cognition Scale

The Need for Cognition Scale measuring a tendency to engage in and enjoy thinking by Cacioppo & Petty (1982).
Duration: 3 minutes
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Cacioppo, J. T., & Petty, R. E. (1982). The need for cognition. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 42, 116–131.

Cacioppo,J.T., Petty,R.E. & Kao, C.F (1984). The efficient assessment of need for cognition. Journal of Personality Assessment, 48, 306-307.

Sadowski, C. J., & Gulgoz, S. (1992b). Internal consistency and test-retest reliability of the Need for Cognition Scale. Perception and Motor Skills, 74, 610.

Sadowski, C. J., & Gulgoz, S. (1992a). Association of need for cognition and course grades. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 74, 498.

Koch, C. (January 01, 2003). Self-monitoring, need for cognition, and the Stroop effect: a preliminary study. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 96, 1, 212-4.

Gauthier, K. J., Christopher, A. N., Walter, M. I., Mourad, R., & Marek, P. (2006). Religiosity, religious doubt, and the need for cognition: Their interactive relationship with life satisfaction. Journal of Happiness Studies, 7, 139–154

Reinhard, M. A. (November 01, 2010). Need for Cognition and the process of lie detection. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 6, 961-971.