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Learning to Learn


Kids are relentless in their urge to learn and master. As John Medina writes in Brain Rules, “This need for explanation is so powerfully stitched into their experience that some scientists describe it as a drive, just as hunger and thirst and sex are drives.” Curiosity is what makes us try something until we can do it, or think about something until we understand it. Great learners retain this childhood drive, or regain it through another application of self-talk. Instead of focusing on and reinforcing initial disinterest in a new subject, they learn to ask themselves “curious questions” about it and follow those questions up with actions. Carol Sansone, a psychology researcher, has found, for example, that people can increase their willingness to tackle necessary tasks by thinking about how they could do the work differently to make it more interesting. In other words, they change their self-talk from This is boring to I wonder if I could…?

By: Erika Anderson

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What Are the Five Dimensions of Curiosity?


Todd B. Kashdan et al. have created a comprehensive model to understand & measure curiosity… Upon collecting data from a nationally representative sample of 508 adults, and then 403 adults online, and then another nationally representative sample of 3,000 adults, we uncovered 5 dimensions of curiosity:

1. Joyous Exploration – this is the prototype of curiosity – the recognition and desire to seek out new knowledge and information, and the subsequent joy of learning and growing.

2. Deprivation Sensitivity – this dimension has a distinct emotional tone, with anxiety and tension being more prominent than joy – pondering abstract or complex ideas, trying to solve problems, and seeking to reduce gaps in knowledge.

3. Stress Tolerance – this dimension is about the willingness to embrace the doubt, confusion, anxiety, and other forms of distress that arise from exploring new, unexpected, complex, mysterious, or obscure events.

4. Social Curiosity – wanting to know what other people are thinking and doing by observing, talking, or listening in to conversations.

5. Thrill Seeking – the willingness to take physical, social, and financial risks to acquire varied, complex, and intense experiences.

By. Todd B. Kashdan

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Why Curious People Have Better Relationships

Research suggests that being curious might be a social glue that strengthens our relationships.


Studies have found that people who are curious are often viewed in social encounters as more interesting and engaging, and they are more apt to reach out to a wider variety of people. In addition, being curious seems to protect people from negative social experiences, like rejection, which could lead to better connection with others over time.

In one study by Todd Kashdan of George Mason University and his colleagues, participants were paired with a trained “confederate” (someone working with the researcher, unbeknownst to the participant) to engage in an intimacy-building conversation. The pairs took turns asking and answering a series of questions that moved from less to more intimate in nature… Results showed that the confederates were more attracted and felt closer to curious participants than those who were less curious. In addition, curious participants better predicted how well they were received by confederates. Even when considering how much positive and negative emotion and social anxiety the participants felt—all factors assumed to impact social interactions—curiosity still had a unique link to intimacy scores, suggesting curiosity is a trait that might aid social closeness.

By: Jill Suttie

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Always Asking ‘Why?’: The Childish Trait That Marks a True Leader


Intellectual curiosity is a vital piece of the happiness and leadership puzzle. And while professionals tend to focus on tasks to “advance their careers,” this practice is about more money, a bigger title or climbing the corporate ladder. It’s about invigorating your mind, learning new things, being engaged and understanding how things work. It’s about applying these things to solve problems and lead others. Perhaps most important, it’s about being a better person. And from there, personal and professional success will flow … and that … is a wondrous thing.

By: Julie Brush

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Why Curious People Are Destined for the C-Suite


When asked recently to name the one attribute CEOs will need most to succeed in the turbulent times ahead, Michael Dell, the chief executive of Dell, Inc., replied, “I would place my bet on curiosity.”

Welcome to the era of the curious leader, where success may be less about having all the answers and more about wondering and questioning. As Dell noted, curiosity can inspire leaders to continually seek out the fresh ideas and approaches needed to keep pace with change and stay ahead of competitors.

Warren Berger

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6 Strategies For Creating An Inquiry-Driven Classroom


Given all of the other responsibilities and priorities, how can early childhood educators create environments and experiences that encourage curiosity and inquiry to flourish?

  1. Let students explore & play.
  2. Turn a lesson into a project (or project-based learning opportunity).
  3. Stop being the expert.
  4. Have a (good) plan for questions.
  5. Create a ‘Wonder Wall.’
  6. Highlight the evolution of student questions.

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Curiosity improves memory by tapping into the brain’s reward system


Brain scans of college students have shed light on why people learn more effectively when their curiosity is piqued than when they are bored stiff.

Researchers in the US found evidence that curiosity ramped up the activity of a brain chemical called dopamine, which in turn seemed to strengthen people’s memories.

Ian Sample


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Three Tips for Raising Curious Kids


Young children are naturally curious. They have an itch to explore their world and figure out how things work. And parents have compelling reasons to foster this inherent inquisitiveness.

Curiosity is tied to academic achievement, with research showing “unequivocally that when people are curious about something, they learn more, and better.”

Deborah Farmer Kris

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What’s Going on Inside the Brain Of A Curious Child?


“Students asking questions and then exploring the answers. That’s something any good teacher lives for. And at the heart of it all is curiosity.”

New research suggests that curiosity triggers chemical changes in the brain that helps students better understand and retain information.


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Curious Orangutans, Raised by Humans, Do Better on Cognitive Tests

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A lot of human beings put a high value on curiosity, like parents who want to get their children into exclusive nursery schools.

But orangutans who spend a lot of time with human beings when they are young turn out to be much more inquisitive, and, apparently as a result, better at all sorts of cognitive tests.

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