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The tip-of-the-tongue state and curiosity

Overview of attention for article published in Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications, July 2017
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Title
The tip-of-the-tongue state and curiosity
Published in
Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications, July 2017
DOI 10.1186/s41235-017-0065-4
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Authors

Janet Metcalfe, Bennett L. Schwartz, Paul A. Bloom

Abstract

Theories of study time allocation and of curiosity suggest that people are most engaged with and want to devote their time to materials that are not completely mastered but also are not so difficult that they might be impossible. Their curiosity is thought to be triggered by items that are almost known, or are in what is sometimes called the region of proximal learning. Answers that are on the tip-of-the-tongue (TOT)-not immediately recallable but nevertheless evoking a feeling of imminent recall-seem, intuitively, to be materials that have this characteristic of being almost, but not quite, fully known. We therefore, hypothesized that people would be particularly curious to see the answers to questions for which the answers were on the tips of their tongues. To test the TOT curiosity hypothesis, we gave participants 82 general information questions and quickly asked whether the answers were or were not on the tips of their tongues and whether they wanted to see the answers later. Overwhelmingly, items that were accompanied by a TOT feeling were those which evoked participants' curiosity, regardless of whether the feeling occurred in conjunction with an error of commission, an error of omission, or even with the correct answer.

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Country Count As %
Unknown 69 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 19 28%
Student > Bachelor 8 12%
Student > Master 7 10%
Lecturer 5 7%
Student > Doctoral Student 4 6%
Other 12 17%
Unknown 14 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 27 39%
Neuroscience 5 7%
Social Sciences 4 6%
Linguistics 2 3%
Philosophy 2 3%
Other 10 14%
Unknown 19 28%
Attention Score in Context

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 28. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 09 June 2023.
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#1,278,915
of 23,975,876 outputs
Outputs from Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications
#64
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#26,733
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Outputs of similar age from Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications
#3
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