Psychological Need Satisfaction and the Importance of Variety-Novelty

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Creator: 

Bagheri, Leyla

Date: 

2017

Abstract: 

The present study investigates the plausibility of novelty-variety as a potential basic psychological need in a series of three studies. We followed set criteria proposed by Baumeister and Leary (1995) on the requirements of basic needs and explored novelty-variety within its framework. More specifically, we examined whether novelty-variety is distinct from other established needs, whether it predicts well-being outcomes, and if its absence results in adverse effects. In study 1, participants (N=202) rated novelty-variety and 10 other candidate needs (competence, autonomy, relatedness, self-esteem, self-actualization, physical thriving, security, pleasure-stimulation, popularity-influence, and money-luxury) to measure the degree to which novelty-variety uniquely predicts domain well-being. In study 2 (N=399), the fulfillment of novelty-variety and two other Self-Determination Theory (SDT) needs was experimentally manipulated in work-related vignettes and it was hypothesized that unsatisfied novelty-variety would reduce well-being. Finally, the third study (N=414) aimed to replicate the findings in study 2. All three studies provide support towards novelty-variety as a potential basic psychological need.

Subject: 

Psychology - Social
Psychology

Language: 

English

Publisher: 

Carleton University

Contributor: 

Supervisor: 
Marina Milyavskaya

Thesis Degree Name: 

Master of Arts: 
M.A.

Thesis Degree Level: 

Master's

Thesis Degree Discipline: 

Psychology

Parent Collection: 

Theses and Dissertations

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