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Title:Schwieder, David
Author(s):Schwieder, David W.
information behavior
information needs
information seeking
information avoidance
Abstract:While motivation is recognized as central to various as- pects of information behavior, motives remain surpris- ingly underemphasized in information behavior research. Major theories focus almost exclusively on other psy- chological elements, primarily cognition, while studies of motivation have been limited or absent in a variety of important respects. In this paper, I suggest that a stronger emphasis on motives is warranted. Drawing on recent trends in social psychology research, I argue that a "motivated information behavior" approach can o er a variety of bene ts: it can improve our explanations of information behavior, unify disparate research areas, and illuminate some of the mechanisms underlying important information behavior phenomena.
Issue Date:2010-02-03
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Date Available in IDEALS:2010-02-22

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