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

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

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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

 

To read more please visit: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/oct/02/curiosity-memory-brain-reward-system-dopamine

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