Need for cognition

personality trait reflecting the extent to which individuals are inclined towards effortful cognitive activities

In psychology, need for cognition means a person feels the need to think. They may enjoy doing things like puzzles, reading books, or debating ideas. They also may like learning new things and to think critically.[1]


  1. "Need for cognition and desire for control as moderators of extrinsic reward effects: a person x situation approach to the study of intrinsic motivation". NIH.gove. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.