What does it take to make the grade?

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Topic: Selection
Publication: Perspectives on Psychological Science (2011)
Article: The hungry mind: Intellectual curiosity is the third pillar of academic performance
Authors: Sophie von Stumm, Benedikt Hell, and Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic
Reviewed By: Scott Charles Sitrin, M.A.

What predicts academic performance? Previous research has shown that both intelligence and effort do. Anything else? Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

In addition to intelligence and effort, von Stumm, Hell, and Chamorro-Premuzic found that curiosity also forecasted academic achievement.

In order to come to this conclusion, the investigators reviewed the literature of existing studies that sought to predict academic accomplishment, and they found that intelligence, effort, and intellectual curiosity determine individual differences in intellectual success. In the reviewed studies, IQ was the typical indicator of intelligence, level of conscientiousness was the measure of effort, typical intellectual engagement captured the amount of curiosity, and grade point average served as the commonly used gauge of academic performance.

These results suggest that one more characteristic – curiosity – has been identified as a valid indicator of future intellectual achievement. Since these characteristics – intelligence, effort, and curiosity – forecast academic performance, it seems possible that they will also predict attainment in other domains such as business, and therefore, they should be considered by companies when deciding which employee to hire.

Von Stumm, S., Hell, B., & Chamorro-Premuzic, T. (2011). The hungry mind: Intellectual curiosity is the third pillar of academic performance. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 6(6) 574–588.

human resource management, organizational industrial psychology, organizational management



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