Need for Cognition: the comparative analysis of different researches and psycho-diagnostic approaches



The article analyzes national and foreign approaches to study and diagnostics of need for cognition. It discusses the results of researches demonstrating the relevance of diagnostics of students’ needs for cognition in order to predict their academic achievements at school. The article also analyzes the relationship between the students’ needs for cognition with their cognitive abilities. It gives consideration to the research perspectives of the need for cognition as depending on the specificity of child’s individual family background. The article specifies results of primary testing the online version of the scale of needs for cognition (Cacioppo et al. (2013) carried out in Russia and examines the psychometric properties of its original online version with the existing blank version of this tool. The annex contains the Russian translation of Cacioppo’s scale made by the author of the article.

General Information

Keywords: need for cognition, intellectual giftedness, diagnostics of motivational predictors of giftedness

Journal rubric: General Psychology

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Shepeleva E.A., Valueva E.A., Lapteva E.M. Need for Cognition: the comparative analysis of different researches and psycho-diagnostic approaches [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2018. Vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 115–125. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2018070311. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Elena A. Shepeleva, PhD in Psychology, Senior Research Fellow of the Sector "Center for Cognitive Research of the Digital Educational Environment" CIRCC, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Ekaterina A. Valueva, PhD in Psychology, Research Fellow, The Laboratory of the Psychology and Psychophysiology of Creativity, Institute of Psychology of RAS, Leading Research Fellow, Center of Applied Psychological and Pedagogical Studies, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Ekaterina M. Lapteva, PhD in Psychology, Researcher, Laboratory for Psychology and Psychophysiology of Creativity, Institute of Psychology of RAS, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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