Jordan Litman


M.A., Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, University of South Florida
B.A. Psychology, Arcadia University

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Jordan Litman’s research focuses on the nature, dimensionality, and measurement of trait-curiosity, and its role in the activation of state-curiosity and subsequent knowledge-seeking activities. He is also interested in how metamemory processes (e.g., what individuals think they do or don’t know) influence the arousal and intensity of state-curiosity. He is the recipient of the Reimagine Education 2016 Gold Award for his work on Cultivating Curiosity.

He also has a strong secondary interest in how proactive coping with stress can lead to positive health and well-being outcomes. Most recently, he has been exploring how inquisitiveness about the inner self (e.g., one’s identity, the meaning of past experiences) maps onto psychological well-being over the lifespan.

Dr. Litman holds the rank of associate professor of psychology as part-time faculty at the University of Maine at Machias. He also is a visiting research scientist and consultant at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, and a Research Fellow at the Center for Curiosity.

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Representative Publications

Litman, J.A.  (2019). Curiosity: Nature, dimensionality, and determinants, In K.A. Renninger & S.E. Hidi (Eds.) The Cambridge Handbook of Motivation and Learning. (pp. 418-442). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Litman, J. A., Robinson, O. C., & Demetre, J. (2017). Intrapersonal curiosity: Inquisitiveness about the inner-self. Self and Identity, 16, 231-250.

Robinson, O. C., Demetre, J., & Litman, J. A. (2017). Adult life stage and crisis as predictors of curiosity and authenticity: Testing inferences from Erikson’s lifespan theory. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 41, 426-431.

Lauriola, M., Litman, J. A., Mussel, P., De Santis, R., Crowson, H.M., & Hoffman, R.R. (2015).  Epistemic curiosity and self-regulation. Personality and Individual Differences, 83, 202-207.

Piotrowski, J.T., Litman, J.A., & Valkenburg, P. (2014). Measuring epistemic curiosity in young children. Infant and Child Development. 23, 542-533.

Litman, J.A. (2010). Relationships between measures of I- and D-type curiosity, ambiguity tolerance, and need for closure: An initial test of the wanting-liking model of information- seeking. Personality and Individual Differences, 48, 397-402.

Litman, J.A. (2008). Interest and deprivation dimensions of epistemic curiosity. Personality and Individual Differences, 44, 1585–1595.

Litman, J.A. (2006). The COPE inventory: Dimensionality and relationships with approach-and avoidance-motives and positive and negative traits. Personality and Individual Differences, 41, 273-284.

Litman, J.A. & Silvia, P. J. (2006). The latent structure of trait curiosity: Evidence for interest and deprivation curiosity dimensions. Journal of Personality Assessment, 86, 318-328.

Litman, J.A. (2005). Curiosity and the pleasures of learning: Wanting and liking new information. Cognition and Emotion, 19, 793-814

Litman, J.A., Hutchins, T.L., & Russon, R.K. (2005). Epistemic curiosity, feeling-of-knowing, and exploratory behaviour. Cognition and Emotion, 19, 559-582.