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Curious case of curiosity.

Curiosity is a fundamental human trait.

Everyone is curious, but the object and degree of that curiosity is different depending on the person and the situation.

What is it that really drives our curiosity?

When a magician pulls a rabbit out of a hat, or knows exactly which card you secretly plucked from a deck, how curious are you to know how she managed the trick?

For many people, the answer is "very”

Curiosity has several kinds or flavours, and they are not driven by the same things. There is something that has been dubbed perceptual curiosity.

That’s the curiosity we feel when something surprises us or when something doesn’t quite agree with what we know or think we know.

That is felt as an unpleasant state, as an adversity state. It’s a bit like an itch that we need to scratch. That’s why we try to find out the information in order to relieve that type of curiosity.

There are some people who have the feeling that because we have information literally at our fingertips, maybe we’re becoming less curious. But that’s not true.

When we do scientific research, we try to find answers to questions where we don’t know the answers yet. Therefore, you cannot find those answers on the internet or Wikipedia.

The digital age allows you to find the answer very quickly. That’s actually good because you don’t want to spend all your time trying to answer a question like that. I don’t know how you feel, but I sometimes can be really obsessed by not knowing the answer to something very, very simple like that.

Research suggests, you give a child M&Ms for violin practice, they can’t be contingent on some particular behaviour.

If they are, what you’ll get is more of that specific behaviour, which is not necessarily going to induce exploratory behaviour.

You could give M&Ms before or after violin practice, no matter how well it went. It might work, but the tit for tat of reinforcing violin is probably not going to inspire the playful attitude you want either.”

It’s this “playful reward anticipation” that inspires curiosity, thereby fuelling #motivation.

Once we’re motivated by this #curiosity, our brains are primed to remember what we learn along the way.

Your love of knowledge remains and your willingness to learn new things appears to be constant across all ages. If infants weren't curious, they'd never learn anything and development wouldn't happen, people at very old ages are still willing to learn things, to discover new things, to read.

The topics in which you are curious about may change with age or with time or with whatever occupation you are in.

Different people are curious about different things, and the level of intensity of their curiosity may be different.

#Psychologists also agree that curiosity isn't about satisfying an immediate need, like hunger or thirst; rather, it's intrinsically motivated.

So, readers what are you curious about?

#curious #motivation #willingness #cases

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