Sensation Seeking Scale

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Sensation Seeking Scale

The Sensation Seeking Scale that was first developed by Zuckerman (1964).
Duration: 5 minutes
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Zuckerman, M., Kolin, E. A., Price, L., & Zoob, I. (January 01, 1964). Development of a sensation-seeking scale. Journal of Consulting Psychology, 28, 6, 477-482.

Kelly, T. H., Delzer, T. A., Martin, C. A., Harrington, N. G., Hays, L. R., & Bardo, M. T. (January 01, 2009). Performance and subjective effects of diazepam and d-amphetamine in high and low sensation seekers. Behavioural Pharmacology, 20, 5-6.

Jiang, Y., Lianekhammy, J., Lawson, A., Guo, C., Lynam, D., Joseph, J. E., Gold, B. T., ... Kelly, T. H. (January 01, 2009). Brain responses to repeated visual experience among low and high sensation seekers: Role of boredom susceptibility. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 173, 2, 100-106.

Fein, G., Di, S. V., & Finn, P. (January 01, 2010). Sensation seeking in long-term abstinent alcoholics, treatment-naïve active alcoholics, and nonalcoholic controls. Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research, 34, 6, 1045-51.

Cross, C. P., Copping, L. T., & Campbell, A. (January 01, 2011). Sex differences in impulsivity: A meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin, 137, 1, 97-130.

Oshri, A., Rogosch, F. A., Burnette, M. L., & Cicchetti, D. (December 01, 2011). Developmental pathways to adolescent cannabis abuse and dependence: Child maltreatment, emerging personality, and internalizing versus externalizing psychopathology. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 25, 4, 634-644.

Hugill, N., Fink, B., Neave, N., Besson, A., & Bunse, L. (January 01, 2011). Women’s perception of men’s sensation seeking propensity from their dance movements. Personality and Individual Differences, 51, 4, 483-487.

Reid, R., Garos, S., & Carpenter, B. (January 01, 2011). Reliability, Validity, and Psychometric Development of the Hypersexual Behavior Inventory in an Outpatient Sample of Men. Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity, 18, 1, 30-51.

Peer, E., & Rosenbloom, T. (January 01, 2013). When two motivations race: The effects of time-saving bias and sensation-seeking on driving speed choices. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 50, 1135-1139.

Cservenka, A., Herting, M. M., Seghete, K. L. M., Hudson, K. A., & Nagel, B. J. (February 01, 2013). High and low sensation seeking adolescents show distinct patterns of brain activity during reward processing. Neuroimage, 66, 184-193.


European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. Materials and information about the Sensation Seeking Scale.