Knowledge needs are defined as: a. the desire for personal development, information, and awareness to increase thought and understanding as to how and why things happen. b. the need for acceptance from and association with others. c. the need for a specific core task or function to be performed. d. the needs that are contingent on, and often a result of, conditions related to a specific environment, time, and place. e. the desire for feelings of assurance and risk reduction, as well as positive emotions and feelings such as success, joy, excitement, and stimulation.