Learning is best predicted by both curiosity and an objective measure of knowledge. Researchers suggest it is uncertainty, or when you think you know something then discover you don't, that leads to curiosity and learning outcomes.
A new study could help researchers find ways to enhance overall memory and learning in both healthy people and those with neurological problems.
Obtaining new information may be addictive. Study finds information acquisition shares the same dopamine producing reward system pathway as food, financial rewards and drugs.
According to researchers, curiosity sometimes leads us to seek out potentially painful or unpleasant outcomes that have no apparent benefit.