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Hitting the Fun Button - Dimensions of Sensation Seeking

Abstract

My name is Haley Warden and I am a senior undergraduate psychology student working with Dr. Timothy Owens investing a semester in the subject of sensation seeking and risk taking behavior. “Sensation seeking” describes a personality trait in which one tends to pursue experiences that are intensely stimulating, and usually risky, as originally theorized by Marvin Zuckerman. Seeking sensation is connected to risk taking behavior like drug use, reckless driving, and extreme recreational activities. My work includes survey and interview of local skydivers, to investigate if individuals who engage in high-risk sports are more likely to be sensation seekers. My project will explore dimensions of sensation seeking and its relationship with innate traits, environment, and behavioral outcomes.

Modified Abstract

“Sensation seeking” describes a personality trait in which one tends to pursue experiences that are intensely stimulating, and usually risky. Sensation seekers may engage in risk taking behavior like drug use, reckless driving, or dangerous sports, all for the sake of the thrill. Exploring dimensions of sensation seeking helps answer why we take risks, and what we can gain from taking them.

Research Category

Psychology

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Primary Author's Major

Psychology

Mentor #1 Information

Dr. Timothy

Owens

Presentation Format

Oral

Start Date

April 2019

Research Area

Social Psychology

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Hitting the Fun Button - Dimensions of Sensation Seeking

My name is Haley Warden and I am a senior undergraduate psychology student working with Dr. Timothy Owens investing a semester in the subject of sensation seeking and risk taking behavior. “Sensation seeking” describes a personality trait in which one tends to pursue experiences that are intensely stimulating, and usually risky, as originally theorized by Marvin Zuckerman. Seeking sensation is connected to risk taking behavior like drug use, reckless driving, and extreme recreational activities. My work includes survey and interview of local skydivers, to investigate if individuals who engage in high-risk sports are more likely to be sensation seekers. My project will explore dimensions of sensation seeking and its relationship with innate traits, environment, and behavioral outcomes.