Portland State University. Department of Psychology
Barry F. Anderson
Date of Award
Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology
1 online resource (36 p.)
Previous studies done on the correlation between specific curiosity and intelligence have been inconclusive. In the present study, a test of state specific curiosity and a test of intelligence were administered to 76 Ss from two introductory psychology courses. Three hypotheses were tested. These were, (a) that a significant specific curiosity-intelligence correlation would exist, (b) that the specific curiosity-verbal subscale correlation would be higher than the specific curiosity-abstraction sub-scale correlation, and (c) that there would be a sex difference in the specific curiosity-intelligence correlations. The data did not support hypothesis (a) or (b). However, they did support hypothesis (c). An inconsistent pattern of trends was discovered in the results which call the correlations into question. The suggestion was made that the study should be replicated.
Schwenk, Charles R., "The correlation between specific curiosity and intelligence in adults" (1974). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 2164.