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Type Journal Article
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Title Development and validation of a multi-dimensional measure of intellectual humility
Organization Unit
  • Mark Alfano
  • Kathryn Iurino
  • Paul Stey
  • Brian Robinson
  • Markus Christen
  • Feng Yu
  • Daniel Lapsley
Item Subtype Original Work
Refereed Yes
Status Published in final form
  • English
Journal Title PLoS ONE
Publisher Public Library of Science (PLoS)
Geographical Reach international
ISSN 1932-6203
Volume 12
Number 8
Page Range e0182950
Date 2017
Abstract Text This paper presents five studies on the development and validation of a scale of intellectual humility. This scale captures cognitive, affective, behavioral, and motivational components of the construct that have been identified by various philosophers in their conceptual analyses of intellectual humility. We find that intellectual humility has four core dimensions: Open-mindedness (versus Arrogance), Intellectual Modesty (versus Vanity), Corrigibility (versus Fragility), and Engagement (versus Boredom). These dimensions display adequate self-informant agreement, and adequate convergent, divergent, and discriminant validity. In particular, Open-mindedness adds predictive power beyond the Big Six for an objective behavioral measure of intellectual humility, and Intellectual Modesty is uniquely related to Narcissism. We find that a similar factor structure emerges in Germanophone participants, giving initial evidence for the model’s cross-cultural generalizability.
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Digital Object Identifier 10.1371/journal.pone.0182950
PubMed ID 28813478
Other Identification Number merlin-id:15612
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