I found the different motivations behind novelty seeking that came up in class on Thursday interesting. Stephanie’s pleasure in exploring new things because they are “amazing” versus my tendencies to explore new things because I simply get extremely bored with the old seemed like quite a contrast and also seemed like very different mental processes. And yet, these dramatically different motivations still lead to similar behaviors in terms of seeking new things. I tried to find research on the motivation behind novelty seeking. Sex, drugs, and robots seemed to be the real world applications (guess what, if you have high motivation to seek novel internal sensations you are also likely to do drugs, wow) but they weren’t exactly the area in which I was interested. It seems like this could have some good applications in marketing. I guess if the resulting behavior is the same, it’s not worth studying? Does it really matter why you choose to by that new CD?