The Need for Cognition

Instructions: For each of the statements below, please indicate to what extent the statement is characteristic of you. Please use the following scale:
1 = extremely uncharacteristic of you (not at all like you)
2 = somewhat uncharacteristic
3 = uncertain
4 = somewhat characteristic
5 = extremely characteristic of you (very much like you)
1. I would prefer complex to simple problems. †
2. I like to have the responsibility of handling a situation that requires a lot of thinking. † †
3. Thinking is not my idea of fun. † † †
4. I would rather do something that requires little thought than something that is sure to challenge my thinking abilities. † † †
5. I try to anticipate and avoid situations where there is a likely chance I will have to think in depth about something. † † †
6. I find satisfaction in deliberating hard and for long hours. † † †
7. I only think as hard as I have to. † † †
8. I prefer to think about small, daily projects than long-term ones. † † †
9. I like tasks that require little thought once Iíve learned them.
10. The idea of relying on thought to make my way to the top appeals to me.
11. I really enjoy a task that involves coming up with new solutions to problems.
12. Learning new ways to think doesnít excite me very much.
13. I prefer my life to be filled with puzzles that I must solve.
14. The notion of thinking abstractly is appealing to me.
15. I would prefer a task that is intellectual, difficult, and important to one that is somewhat important but does not require much thought.
16. I feel relief rather than satisfaction after completing a task that required a lot of mental effort.
17. Itís enough for me that something gets the job done; I donít care how or why it works.
18. I usually end up deliberating about issues even when they do not affect me personally.

(Cacioppo, Petty, Feinstein, & Jarvis, 1996)