Critical review of state-trait curiosity test development

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Boyle, G. J. (2004). Critical review of state-trait curiosity test development. In G. J. Boyle & D. H. Saklofske (Eds)., The psychology of individual differences: Vol 3: Cognition, emotion and conation (pp. 14-32). London: Sage Publications. ISBN: 0-7619-4409-5

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State-trait research offers good prospects for new insights into human curiosity. It has already generated development of new scales, and several studies have been undertaken independently in Australia and the United States. This paper critically reviews the development of state [C-State] and trait [C-Trait] curiosity scales, pointing out methodological limitations in the existing state-trait curiosity studies. Specific recommendations are made with the aim of enhancing future research in this area.