Sensation seeking and keeping your options open

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Abstract

The sensation-seeking literature suggests that sensation seekers are inclined to 'keep their options open'. That is, they are willing to do such things as act impulsively if some new opportunity presents itself, put off making decisions until the last minute, break commitments if something more interesting arises, and guard against making commitments that might prevent them from taking advantage of new opportunities. The Keeping Your Options Open (KYOO) Scale was created to measure this tendency. As predicted, KYOO correlated positively with the Sensation-Seeking Scale for both males (r = 0.54, P < 0.001) and females (r = 0.50, P < 0.001). KYOO is conceptualized as a generic rule that sensation seekers are inclined to generate in order to help them maximize opportunities for experiencing variety and change. © 1992.

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  • Robert E. Franken

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