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…

Gumbo and The Brain: Neuroscience 2012

Neuroscience 2012 just wrapped up in New Orleans and as I look through all the presentations and literature that came out there are a number of papers and presentations that will demand greater attention and may find themselves here – if I can figure it out. Being among smart people talking about a field of…