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A Dynamic Systems Theory of epistemic curiosity

2019-08-01
Subasi, Ahmet
The article offers a unified theory of epistemic curiosity within dynamic systems framework. It focuses on complex motivational dynamics leading to epistemic curiosity preferences, which are complexly determined by a combination of motivational, affective and cognitive sub-systems operating within an epistemic ecology. Each sub-system is delimited and modelled as an interacting dimension of the multidimensional causality of the system. The theory focuses on personal variations rather than population averages and offers a framework for modelling personality-based epistemic curiosity characteristics based on an analysis of epistemic curiosity preferences.