Annotated Links

Propensity for One-Night Stands, Uncommitted Sex Could Be Genetic, Study Suggests [I]ndividuals with a certain variant of the [dopamine receptor D4 polymorphism] DRD4 gene [linked to sensation-seeking behavior] were more likely to have a history of uncommitted sex, including one-night stands and acts of infidelity, according to author Justin Garcia and summarized here in Science Daily, December 2, 2010.

What Motivates Thrill Seekers? Transcript of an interview with Marvin Zuckerman on CNN, March 3, 2001.

Sensation Seeking and Rock Stars Sex, drugs and rock-n-roll? This table suggests that rock stars are likely to die at a younger age than the average person, and often by risky behaviors such as drug use.

Assignments, Exercises, and Activities

Art and Personality Does the art you enjoy match your personality? Research by Stian Reimers in conjunction with the BBC suggests that there is a relationship between the kind of art people prefer (e.g. Impressionism, Abstract, Japanese, Islamic, Northern Renaissance, and Cubism) and one's personality (emotional intelligence, the five-factor model, and sensation-seeking). Click here to read more about the findings, art, personality, or to participate in this online research.

Electronic Texts

Weisskirch & Murphy (2004) Weisskirch, R. S. & Murphy, L. C.(2004). Friends, porn, and punk: sensation seeking in personal relationships, Internet activities, and music preference among college students. Adolescence, 39, 189-202.

Mawson, et al. (1996) Mawson, A. R., Biundo, Jr., J. J., Clemmer, D. I, Jacobs, K. W., Ktsanes, V. K. and Rice, J. C. (1996). Sensation-Seeking, Criminality, and Spinal Cord injury: A Case-Control Study. American Journal of Epidemiology, 144 (5), 463-472.(PDF)

Examples and Illustrations

Novel Drug Abuse Prevention Ads Get Strong Response from High-Sensation Seekers According to the website of the National Institute on Drug Abuse: A strong, biologically based need for stimulation appears to make sensation-seeking young adults more vulnerable to drug abuse. Now a NIDA-funded study has shown that highly novel drug abuse prevention messages can capture the attention of high-sensation-seeking young adults and get them to consider participating in alternatives to drug abuse. Read about the study and the ad here.

Lecture Notes

Slide Presentations

Tests, Measures, and Scales

Sensation Seeking Scale Do you seek thrills or play safe? Find out with the sensation-seeking questionnaire by Marvin Zuckerman, University of Delaware.

Audio and Video

Can You Spot the High Sensation Seeker? Check out this amateur video of the ride down the Giant Drop at Australia's Dreamworld amusement park park, reputed to be the world's largest free fall ride in the world. Stay tuned to the very end, and see one guy -- the one holding the camera -- obviously thrilled, while the guy next to him is showing abject terror!

Extreme Sports Psychology teacher Michael Britt created an episode for his podcast called The Psych Files which discusses the connection between monoamine oxidase and sensation seeking in an episode entitled, "The Psychology of Extreme Sports." The episode makes use of much of the information found here on Personality Pedagogy and it includes a brief animation showing how neurotransmitters and Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors work.

Overview The Big Think blog features this interview with Marvin Zuckerman on sensation seeking (runs 23 minutes, 47 seconds). The whole interview is also broken out into 6 smaller excerpts on specific topics running 3-5 minutes each. These include the genetic basis of risk-seeking, why men drive fast and take chances, risk-seeking and creativity, the psychology of horror films, the anatomy of torture and more.

Sensation seeking activity? The Giant Drop at Dreamland, an Australian amusement park, is the tallest free-falling ride in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Is this an activity you would enjoy?


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