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Sensation Seeking

  1. Marvin Zuckerman

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0843

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Zuckerman, M. 2010. Sensation Seeking. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–4.

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  1. University of Delaware

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Sensation seeking is a personality trait expressed in the generalized tendency to seek varied, novel, complex, and intense sensations and experiences and the willingness to take risks for the sake of such experiences (Zuckerman, 1979, 1994, 2007). Others have used different terms to describe what is essentially the same trait (e.g. novelty seeking, arousal seeking, thrill seeking, experience seeking, venturesomeness, excitement seeking, fun seeking).


  • sensation seeking;
  • risk;
  • sex;
  • entertainment;
  • vocations;
  • psychobiology