Curiosity Enhances Learning and is Intrinsically Rewarding

. The study reports curiosity not only makes one a better learner of the target subject but also improves recall of incidental information. With animals the word ‘curiosity’ tends to be avoided in scientific literature, instead we find terms like ‘neophilia’, ‘exploratory’ and ‘novelty-seeking behavior’; probably to avoid charges of anthropomorphism. Despite literature’s reluctance to describe…

Zoosemiotics Turns 50

Before the first day of a new year unexpectedly rolls over the horizon I wanted mention 2013 was the year zoosemiotics turned 50 years old. In 1963 TA Sebeok introduced the world to the field of Zoosemiotics with this paragraph: “The term zoosemiotics – constructed in an exchange between Rulon Wells and me – is…

Blurred Lines: Social Bonds Blur Distinctions Between Self and Other

Feeling what another feels; stepping into someone’s shoes; entering into another’s inner life; identifying with another; these and many other descriptions have been given to describe empathy. They all suggest some sort of identification with the state of another; an emotional “knowing” of another’s life. The truth might be even more interesting. One of the…