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NIDA. (1995, August 1). Measuring Sensation Seeking. Retrieved from https://archives.drugabuse.gov/news-events/nida-notes/1995/08/measuring-sensation-seeking

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August 01, 1995

Although often portrayed as the pursuit of physically stimulating and/or dangerous behaviors, sensation seeking, as described by the developer of the concept, Dr. Marvin Zuckerman of the University of Delaware, includes other less obvious dimensions. A scale devised by Dr. Zuckerman measures individual differences in sensation seeking along four dimensions: thrill and adventure seeking, experience seeking, disinhibition, and susceptibility to boredom. These four dimensions encompass behaviors such as engaging in physically risky activities; pursuing new experiences through travel, music, art, and drugs; seeking social stimulation through parties, social drinking, and a variety of sex partners; and avoiding boredom produced by unchanging circumstances.

Sensation seeking may include a wide variety of activities such as skydiving, -contact sports, hiking and camping, visiting a museum, attending a theatrical performance, or playing computer and video games.

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