Sensation Seeking

Conventional wisdom has it that people become more cautious and conservative with age. Studies of sensation seeking confirm this vie . The general trait of sensation seeking is described, mostly from a biological point of view , in Chapter 7. The Sensation-Seeking Scale (SSS) contains four subscales, each containing items and phrases as a forced-choice between two distinct options. First is thrill and adventur e seeking, with items such as "I would like to try parachute jumping" versus "I would never want to try jumping out of a plane, with or without a parachute." The other scales are experience seeking (e.g., "I am not interested in experience for its own sake" versus "I like to have new and exciting experiences and sensations even if they

Figure 5.3

The figure shows change with age in autonomy scores of men in the AT&T study. Both college-educated and noncollege-educated men tend to become more autonomous or independent as they grow older.

Figure 5.3

The figure shows change with age in autonomy scores of men in the AT&T study. Both college-educated and noncollege-educated men tend to become more autonomous or independent as they grow older.

are a little frightening, unconventional, or illegal"); disinhibition (e.g., "I like wild, uninhibited parties" versus "I prefer quiet parties with good conversation"); and boredom susceptibility (e.g., "I get bored seeing the same old faces" versus "I like the comfortable familiarity of everyday friends").

Sensation seeking increases with age from childhood to adolescence and peaks in late adolescence around ages 18-20; then it falls more or less continuously as subjects get older (Zuckerman, 1974). The average correlation between sensation seeking and age is - .30, suggesting a modest or gradual decline with increasing age beyond adolescence. Parachute jumping and wild, uninhibited parties seem to be less appealing to older folks.

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