New research shows how curiosity fosters learning

October 7, 2014 5:20 AM

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New research shows how curiosity fosters learning

Are you curious about why you learn more effectively when you’re intrigued with a subject? Then chances are you will remember the research findings you will read about here. New research published last Thursday in the journal Neuron suggests that people are more intrinsically motivated to learn when they are in a state of curiosity and this mental state enhances long-term memory.

In the study, researchers from the University of California at Davis asked volunteers to rate how curious they were about particular trivia questions and then imaged their brains using functional magnetic resonance imaging while they answered questions. They found that being in a state of curiosity ...

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