Curiosity Makes one a Better Learner

12 Nov

Interesting piece about “curiosity-driven memory”

Science Abstracts

Being interested in something makes it easier to learn; the researchers also found that  incidental information presented during the learning phase was also recalled better.

The link contains a video with the authors explaining their findings.

States of Curiosity Modulate Hippocampus-Dependent Learning via the Dopaminergic Circuit

Summary

People find it easier to learn about topics that interest them, but little is known about the mechanisms by which intrinsic motivational states affect learning. We used functional magnetic resonance imaging to investigate how curiosity (intrinsic motivation to learn) influences memory. In both immediate and one-day-delayed memory tests, participants showed improved memory for information that they were curious about and for incidental material learned during states of high curiosity. Functional magnetic resonance imaging results revealed that activity in the midbrain and the nucleus accumbens was enhanced during states of high curiosity. Importantly, individual variability in curiosity-driven memory benefits for incidental material was supported…

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