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Need for Cognition

Need for Cognition Scale

The need for cognition is a personality variable reflecting the extent to which people engage in and enjoy difficult cognitive activities. This is a self assesment of the Need for Cognition scale. Answer each question and click the "Score" button to instantly generate your score.

1 = I strongly disagree with the statement. This does not sound like me.
2 = I somewhat disagree with the statement. This rarely sounds like me.
3 = Uncertain if this applies to me.
4 = I somewhat agree with the statement. This sometimes sounds like me.
5 = I strongly agree with the statement. This sounds like me.

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I would prefer complex to simple problems.
I like to have the responsibility of handling a situation that requires a lot of thinking.
Thinking is not my idea of fun.
I would rather do something that requires little thought than something that is sure to challenge my thinking abilities.
I try to anticipate and avoid situations where there is likely a chance I will have to think in depth about something.
I find satisfaction in deliberating hard and for long hours.
I only think as hard as I have to.
I prefer to think about small, daily projects to long-term ones.
I like tasks that require little thought once I’ve learned them.
The idea of relying on thought to make my way to the top appeals to me.
I really enjoy a task that involves coming up with new solutions to problems.
Learning new ways to think doesn’t excite me very much.
I prefer my life to be filled with puzzles that I must solve.
The notion of thinking abstractly is appealing to me.
I would prefer a task that is intellectual, difficult, and important to one that is somewhat important but does not require much thought.
I feel relief rather than satisfaction after completing a task that required a lot of mental effort.
It’s enough for me that something gets the job done; I don’t care how or why it works.
I usually end up deliberating about issues even when they do not affect me personally.

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