Curiosity Adapted the Cat: The Role of Trait Curiosity in Newcomer Adaptation

Spencer H. Harrison, David M. Sluss, Blake Ashforth

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Using longitudinal data from 123 newcomers across 12 telemarketing organizations, we examined the role of 2 forms of trait curiosity (specific and diversive) as antecedents of proximal adaptation behaviors (information seeking and positive framing) and more distal, in-role and extra-role behaviors (job performance and taking charge). Results suggest that specific curiosity predicts information seeking behaviors, whereas diversive curiosity promotes positive framing. Results also support the relationship between positive framing and performance and the extra-role behavior of taking charge. Overall, the study validates the role of curiosity as a multifaceted individual difference that serves as an antecedent to newcomer adaptation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)211-220
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011


  • Adaptation
  • Curiosity
  • Information seeking
  • Newcomers
  • Socialization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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