Measurement of Individual Differences in Preference for Numerical Information

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The author develops and validates a measure of preference for numerical information, defined as a proclivity toward using numerical information and engaging in thinking involving numerical information, and assesses the relationship of this construct to several constructs. Although past research has focused on ability in using numerical information, a basic attitude or proclivity toward numerical information has not been isolated and studied. This construct is argued to have applications in settings that involve the use of numerical information and to be related to several interests, temperaments, and cognitive styles. A measure of preference for numerical information is developed and tested for reliability and validity, its relationship with several constructs is examined, and its applications in various settings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)741-752
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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