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Exploring the need for external input through the prism of social, material and sensation seeking input

Krpan, Dario ORCID: 0000-0002-3420-4672 (2022) Exploring the need for external input through the prism of social, material and sensation seeking input. Royal Society Open Science, 9 (5). ISSN 2054-5703

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Identification Number: 10.1098/rsos.211373


External input is any kind of physical stimulation created by an individual's surroundings that can be detected by the senses. The present research established a novel conceptualization of this construct by investigating it in relation to the needs for material, social and sensation seeking input, and by testing whether these needs predict psychological functioning during long-And short-Term input deprivation. It was established that the three needs constitute different dimensions of an overarching construct (i.e. need for external input). The research also suggested that the needs for social and sensation seeking input are negatively linked to people's experiences of long-Term input deprivation (i.e. COVID-19 restrictions), and that the need for material input may negatively predict the experiences of short-Term input deprivation (i.e. sitting in a chair without doing anything else but thinking). Overall, this research indicates that the needs for social, material and sensation seeking input may have fundamental implications for experiences and actions in a range of different contexts.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2022 The Author
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2022 14:57
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2022 23:18

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