The following is a listing of publications on curiosity. We invite you to add publications to the list.
10 Ways to Foster a Culture of Curiosity in Your Learning Organization
Nurturing a culture of curiosity in our learning organizations has immense potential for improving the lives and experiences of learners Ten steps for nurturing learning communities rooted in curiosity
A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life.
Brian Grazer, Charles Fishman
A Curious Mind is not only a fascinating page-turner—it also offers a blueprint for how we can awaken our own curiosity and use it as a superpower in our lives. Whether you’re looking to strengthen your management style at work, uncover a new source of creativity, or become a better romantic partner, this book—and its lessons on the power of curiosity—can change your life.
A History of Curiosity: The Theory of Travel, 1550-1800
Stagl's explorations of late eighteenth-century debates over the nature of World History are also enlightening, as they reveal the origins of Volkskunde and ethnologie - categories that were to dominate travel and scholarship for the next two centries to the present.
An Exploratory Study into the Measurement of Curiosity in Elementary School Children
Wallace Maw, Ethel Maw
The possibility of developing a number of paper and pencil test instruments and techniques was explored for yielding reliable measures of curiosity among elementary school children. Investigations were conducted in approximately 40 fifth-grade classrooms and carried out in 2 phases.
An essay against unnecessary curiosity in matters of religion
The 18th century was a wealth of knowledge, exploration and rapidly growing technology and expanding record-keeping made possible by advances in the printing press. In its determination to preserve the century of revolution, Gale initiated a revolution of its own: digitization of epic proportions to preserve these invaluable works in the largest archive of its kind.
Religion & Philosophy
André Gide and Curiosity
This comprehensive exploration of curiosity in the fiction and life-writing of André Gide (1869-1951) is an important modernist contribution to the field of curiosity in literature and cultural studies more broadly. Curiosity was a credo for Gide.
Can Children Catch Curiosity from a Social Robot?
Susan Engel, Goren Gordon, Cynthia Breazeal
Curiosity is key to learning, yet school children show wide variability in their eagerness to acquire information. Recent research suggests that other people have a strong influence on children's exploratory behavior. Would a curious robot elicit children's exploration and the desire to find out new things?
Centres for Imagination and Curiosity: When is a Museum not a Museum?
When is a museum not a museum? When it's a Children's Discovery Centre, Imaginarium, Wonder Workshop, Exploratory, a Please Touch Gallery, or a Discovery Factory. These are some of the many names given to the special institutions known generically in the United States as children's museums, but which defy easy description in one word or phrase.
Collectionneurs, amateurs, et curieux: XVI-XVIII siècle, Collectors and Curiosities: Paris and Venice, 1500-1800 (English Ver.)
This outstanding and highly original study examines the history of collecting in early modern Europe, and describes the myriad treasures, from paintings and antiques to religious relics, that found their way into the private collections and public museums of the time.
Cultivating Curiosity in K–12 Classrooms: How to Promote and Sustain Deep Learning
Wendy L. Ostroff
We learn by engaging and exploring, asking questions and testing out answers. Yet our classrooms are not always places where such curiosity is encouraged and supported. Cultivating Curiosity in K–12 Classrooms describes how teachers can create a structured, student-centered environment that allows for openness and surprise, where inquiry guides authentic learning.
Cultivating Curious and Creative Minds
Annette D. Digby
The first volume address teaching, whereas the second volume takes up the topic of a teacher education and students/programs/schools. We start with the teaching theme, which compromises eleven chapters presented in this first volume.
Curiositas: Die Rezeption eines antiken Begriffes durch Christliche Autoren bis Thomas von Aquin.
The reception of an ancient concept by Christian authors to Thomas Aquinas. Grabmann Institute for the Study of Medieval Theology and Philosophy: Publications of the Grabmann Institute for the Study of the Middle Ages.
Curiosities and Texts: The Culture of Collecting in Early Modern England
A craze for collecting swept England during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Aristocrats and middling-sort men alike crammed their homes full of a bewildering variety of physical objects: antique coins, scientific instruments, minerals, mummified corpses, zoological specimens, plants, ethnographic objects from Asia and the Americas, statues, portraits. Why were these bizarre jumbles of artifacts so popular?
Manguel chooses as his guides a selection of writers who sparked his imagination. He dedicates each chapter to a single thinker, scientist, artist, or other figure who demonstrated in a fresh way how to ask “Why?” Leading us through a full gallery of inquisitives, among them Thomas Aquinas, David Hume, Lewis Carroll, Rachel Carson, Socrates, and, most importantly, Dante, Manguel affirms how deeply connected our curiosity is to the readings that most astonish us, and how essential to the soaring of our own imaginations.
Curiosity and Enlightenment: Collectors and Collections from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Century
This fascinating book offers a history of museum collecting in western Europe over the course of its formative centuries, tracing its origins from the culture of collecting that emerged during the Renaissance and concluding with the great changes of the nineteenth century which would prove so influential to the museum movement of later years.
Curiosity and Exploration
Heidi Keller, Bruce Henderson, Klaus Schneider
Exploration and play behaviour form the subject of this book, in which a wide range of research activities, both theoretical and practical, are presented from various fields. In particular, the emphasis on applications (for example, in the development of software) demonstrates the integrated approach to basic and applied research. The authors come from many different countries and represent various theoretical approaches, enabling the reader to acquire an up-to-date overview of the field and thus form an opinion of his/her own regarding this field of research.
Curiosity and Exploration: Theories and Results
Heidi Keller, Hans-Georg Voss
Curiosity and Exploration: Theories and Results provides a systematic review of research on curiosity and exploration and is intended to present theories, methods, and research findings and to compare these with other fields of psychology. The text discusses topics on various aspects of curiosity and exploration such as the historical development of curiosity research
Curiosity and Information Seeking in Animal and Human Behavior
The purpose of the book is to deliver a critical review of the literature and author's research data relevant for understanding the phenomena of curiosity, information seeking behavior, and novelty seeking.
Curiosity and Powerful Learning.
Theories of action are the common reference points that assist educators to identify, design, implement and evaluate teaching and leadership practices. 'Curiosity and powerful learning' describes ten theories of action and suggests strategies for using them to increase curiosity and powerful learning.
Curiosity and Wonder from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment
Alexander Marr Evans, R. J. W. Evans
Conspicuous in a host of disciplines from history of science and technology to history of art, literature, and society, both have assumed a prominent place in studies of the Early Modern period. This volume brings together an international group of scholars to investigate the various manifestations of, and relationships between, 'curiosity' and 'wonder' from the 16th to the 18th centuries.
Curiosity in Early Modern Europe: Word Histories
This fascinating book discusses the manner in which various forms related to the English word curiosity, as well as near synonyms, developed semantically in the Early Modern period in a variety of Western European languages, including English, German, Dutch, French, and Italian. Kenny demonstrates how curiosity could change meaning in all of these languages from an essentially negative set of connotations to essentially positive ones
Curiosity in old age: A possible key to achieving adaptive aging
Michiko Sakaki, Ayano Yagi, Kou Murayama
Curiosity is a fundamental part of human motivation that supports a variety of human intellectual behaviors ranging from early learning in children to scientific discovery. However, there has been little attention paid to the role of curiosity in aging populations. By bringing together broad but sparse neuroscientific and psychological literature on curiosity and related concepts (e.g., novelty seeking in older adults), we propose that curiosity, although it declines with age, plays an important role in maintaining cognitive function, mental health, and physical health in older adults. We identify the dopaminergic reward system and the noradrenergic system as the key brain systems implicated in curiosity processing and discuss how these brain systems contribute to the relationship between curiosity and adaptive aging.
Curiosity: A Cultural History of Early Modern Inquiry
In this striking social history, Barbara M. Benedict draws on the texts of the early modern period to discover the era's attitudes toward curiosity, a trait we learn was often depicted as an unsavory form of transgression or cultural ambition.
Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing
Marina Warner, Brian Dillon
Curiosity explores the notion of intellectual and creative curiosity. Compiled in association with author and U.K. editor of Cabinet magazine Brian Dillon, this richly illustrated book explores objects, artworks and narratives drawn from a variety of disciplines.
Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything.
With the recent landing of the Mars rover Curiosity, it seems safe to assume that the idea of being curious is alive and well in modern science—that it’s not merely encouraged but is seen as an essential component of the scientific mission.
Curious Minds: How a Child Becomes a Scientist.
Murray Gell-Mann, Nicholas Humphrey, Freeman Dyson . . . 27 scientists in all write about what it was that sent them on the path to their life's work. Illuminating memoir meets superb science writing in stories that invite us to consider what it is–and what it isn’t–that sets the scientific mind apart.
Curious Subjects: Women and the Trials of Realism
While nineteenth-century literary scholars have long been interested in women's agency in the context of their legal status as objects, Curious Subjects makes the striking and original argument that what we find at the intersection between women subjects (who choose and enter into contracts) and women objects (owned and defined by fathers, husbands, and the law) is curiosity.
Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends On It.
In Curious, Ian Leslie makes a passionate case for the cultivation of our “desire to know.” Just when the rewards of curiosity have never been higher, it is misunderstood, undervalued, and increasingly monopolized by a cognitive elite. A “curiosity divide” is opening up.
Curiouser: On the Queerness of Children
Natasha Hurley Bruhm, Steven Bruhm
Curiouser explores the dominant narrative about children and what happens when it takes an unexpected, or queer, turn—when the stories of childhood must confront a child whose play does not conform to the ideal of child (a)sexuality.
Deciphering Culture: Ordinary Curiosities and Subjective Narratives
Jane Crisp, Kay Ferres, Gillian Swanson
Representation, subjectivity and sexuality continue to be central to scholarly inquiry in the humanities and social sciences. Deciphering Culture explores their relationship, each author taking a distinct approach to the concept of 'curiosity' as a way of deciphering the working of particular cultural formations
Deconstructing intellectual curiosity
Christopher Powell,Ted Nettelbeck,Nicholas R Burns,
Scales of Need for Cognition (NFC), Typical Intellectual Engagement (TIE), and Epistemic Curiosity (EC) measure intellectual curiosity (IC). These scales correlate strongly and have been factor-analyzed individually but not together.
Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck: Why We Can't Look Away
Eric G. Wilson
Whether we admit it or not, we're fascinated by evil. Dark fantasies, morbid curiosities, Schadenfreude: as conventional wisdom has it, these are the symptoms of our wicked side, and we succumb to them at our own peril.
Evils Arising from Misapply’d Curiosity
The 18th century was a wealth of knowledge, exploration and rapidly growing technology and expanding record-keeping made possible by advances in the printing press. In its determination to preserve the century of revolution, Gale initiated a revolution of its own
Exploring the Psychology of Interest
Paul J. Silvia
Psychologists have always been interested in interest, and so modern research on interest can be found in nearly every area of the field: Researchers studying emotions, cognition, development, education, aesthetics, personality, motivation, and vocations have developed intriguing ideas about what interest is and how it works. Exploring the Psychology of Interest presents an integrated picture of how interest has been studied in all the wide-ranging areas of psychology.
Fetishism and Curiosity
This collection explores the concepts of fetishism as developed by Marx and Freud. With cinema as her main consideration, Mulvey investigates the Hollywood cinema produced by the studio system. Amongst other topics, she includes an analysis of the films Citizen Kane, Xala and Blue Velvet.
History & Critisism
Four Ways to Cultivate a Culture of Curiosity
Katie Smith Milway,Alex Goldmark,
“We look at our culture as a product, just like Re-Mission and Zamzee are products,” says Pat Christen, president and CEO of HopeLab. “And we believe a culture of curiosity is key to innovation.”
Galileo Galilei: A Life of Curiosity
Why is the sky blue? How do birds fly? These may be questions that you have asked. Some people are very curious. They want to learn about the world. Galileo Galilei was curious. He had many questions about the world. He worked all his life to find the answers.
Holy Curiosity: Encountering Jesus’ Provocative Questions.
As Jesus was known in his day as a teacher who spoke with authority, it may be surprising to discover just how many times he asked a question of his listeners rather than telling them something outright. What kind of an all-knowing God asks questions of mere humans? This thought-provoking study of the "questioning" Jesus is a unique exploration of one of his most subversive teaching tools.
How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character.
Why do some children succeed while others fail? The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence: success comes to those who score highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs. But in How Children Succeed, Paul Tough argues that the qualities that matter more have to do with character: skills like perseverance, curiosity, optimism, and self-control.
In Praise of Science: Curiosity, Understanding, and Progress.
In this engaging, lyrical book, physicist Sander Bais shows how science can liberate us from our cultural straitjacket of prejudice and intolerance. We’re living in a time in which technology is taken for granted, yet belief in such standard scientific facts as evolution is actually decreasing.
Information-seeking, curiosity, and attention: computational and neural mechanisms.
Jacqueline Gottlieb, Pierre-Yves Oudeyer, Manuel Lopes, Adrien Baranes
Intelligent animals devote much time and energy to exploring and obtaining information, but the underlying mechanisms are poorly understood. We review recent developments on this topic that have emerged from the traditionally separate fields of machine learning, eye movements in natural behavior, and studies of curiosity in psychology and neuroscience. These studies show that exploration may be guided by a family of mechanisms that range from automatic biases toward novelty or surprise to systematic searches for learning progress and information gain in curiosity-driven behavior. In addition, eye movements reflect visual information searching in multiple conditions and are amenable for cellular-level investigations. This suggests that the oculomotor system is an excellent model system for understanding information-sampling mechanisms.
Insatiable Curiosity: Innovation in a Fragile Future
Curiosity is the main driving force behind scientific activity. Scientific curiosity, insatiable in its explorations, does not know what it will find, or where it will lead. Science needs autonomy to cultivate this kind of untrammeled curiosity; innovation, however, responds to the needs and desires of society.
Intellectual Appetite: A Theological Grammar
Paul J. Griffiths
The appetite for knowledge?wanting to know things?is very strong in humans. Some will sacrifice all other goods (sex, power, food, life itself) for it. But this is not a simple appetite, and this book treats some of its complications, deformations, beauties, and intensities.
Intellectual Curiosity and the Scientific Revolution: A Global Perspective
Seventeenth-century Europe witnessed an extraordinary flowering of discoveries and innovations. This study, beginning with the Dutch-invented telescope of 1608, casts Galileo's discoveries into a global framework.
La Curiosité: Ethologie et psychologie
Curiosity is reflected in a spontaneous interest in what is not known, and in this sense constitutes a prerequisite for the discovery and expansion of knowledge. This attraction for novelty is not characteristic of man, other species than ours can also be curious.
La Curiosité: Les vertiges du savoir
If the quest for knowledge is a natural disposition, it is also a vital need. Curiosity worries because it frees itself in the name of a knowledge that would be "good in itself" If the quest for knowledge is a natural disposition, it is also a vital need. Curiosity worries because it frees itself in the name of a knowledge that would be "good in itself"
Le désir de savoir: Nature et destins de la curiosité en psychanalyse
Is not the recognition of reality in its double meaning, which excludes all false pretenses and all deceptions, is not Freud's aim in the analytic relation of which he says precisely that it is founded on the love of reality ? This truth, which according to Lacan always has a structure of fiction, is what underlies our theoretical elaborations as our own constructions, those which throughout the cure we propose to try to approach the confusing and fertile enigma That represents the transfer neurosis.
Motivated Cognition: Neural and Computational Mechanisms of Curiosity, Attention, and Intrinsic Motivation
Jacqueline Gottlieb, Pierre-Yves Oudeyer, Manuel Lopes
Based on a synthesis of findings from psychology, neuroscience, and machine learning, we propose a unified theory of curiosity as a form of motivated cognition. Curiosity, we propose, is comprised of a family of mechanisms that range in complexity from simple heuristics based on novelty, salience, or surprise, to drives based on reward and uncertainty reduction and finally, to self-directed metacognitive processes. These mechanisms, we propose, have evolved to allow agents to discover useful regularities in the world – steering them toward niches of maximal learning progress and away from both random and highly familiar tasks. We emphasize that curiosity arises organically in conjunction with cognition and motivation, being generated by cognitive processes and in turn, motivating them. We hope that this view will spur the systematic study of curiosity as an integral aspect of cognition and decision making during development and adulthood.
Motivation, Emotion, and Cognition: Integrative Perspectives on Intellectual Functioning and Development
David Yun Dai, Robert J. Sternberg
The central argument of this book is that cognition is not the whole story in understanding intellectual functioning and development. To account for inter-individual, intra-individual, and developmental variability in actual intellectual performance, it is necessary to treat cognition, emotion, and motivation as inextricably related.
Neuroscience of Creativity
Oshin Vartanian, Adam S. Bristol, James C. Kaufman
This volume offers a comprehensive overview of the latest neuroscientific approaches to the scientific study of creativity. In chapters that progress logically from neurobiological fundamentals to systems neuroscience and neuroimaging, leading scholars describe the latest theoretical, genetic, structural, clinical, functional, and applied research on the neural bases of creativity.
On Curiosity: A Fundamental Aspect of Personality, a Practice of Network Growth
Perry Zurn, Danielle S. Bassett
Human personality is reflected in patterns—or networks—of behavior, either in thought or action. Curiosity is an oft-treasured component of one’s personality, commonly associated with information-seeking proclivities with distinct neurophysiological correlates. The markers of curiosity can differ substantially across people, suggesting the possibility that personality also determines the architectural style of one’s curiosity. Yet progress in defining those styles, and marking their neurophysiological basis, has been hampered by fairly fundamental difficulties in defining curiosity itself. Here, we offer and exercise a definition of the practice of curiosity as knowledge network building, one particular pattern of thought behavior. To unpack this definition and motivate its utility, we begin with a short primer on network science and describe how the mathematical object of a network can be used to map items and relations that are characteristic of bodies of knowledge. Next, we turn to a discussion of how networks grow, how their growth can be modeled, and how the practice of curiosity can be formalized as a process of network growth. We pay particular attention to how individuals may differ in how they build their knowledge networks, and discuss how the sort, manner, and action of building can be modulated by experience. We discuss how this definition of the practice of curiosity motivates new experiments and theory development at the interdisciplinary intersection of network science, personality neuroscience, education, and curiosity studies. We close with a note on the potential of network science to inform studies of other domains of personality, and the patterns of thought– or action–behavior characteristic thereof.
Racist States of Mind: Understanding the Perversion of Curiosity and Concern
Racism is a treacherous phenomenon with many faces. These allow it a remarkable capacity to co-exist with support for ethnic and cultural diversity. It is part of the character of racism, whose brutality can be overt or subtle, sly, cunning and mean-spirited.
Restless Mind: Curiositas and the Scope of Inquiry in St. Augustine's Psychology
His extensive discussions of curiosity (which he identified with the lust of the eyes of Scripture) reveal a profound psychological discovery on his part, namely, the cognitive appetitiveness that provides the stimulus to our ongoing search for knowledge.
Self-Reflecting and Mindfulness: Cultivating Curiosity and Decentering Situated in Everyday Life
Ralph Vacca, Christopher Hoadley
Mobile-based approaches can promote curiosity and decentering through self-reflection, and the valence and likelihood of experiencing certain mental events may influence how self-reflection is experienced, which in turn influences curiosity and decentering factors of mindfulness states.
Mindfulness, Situated context, Self-reflection
States of Curiosity Modulate Hippocampus-Dependent Learning via the Dopaminergic Circuit
Charan Ranganath, Bernard D. Gelman, Matthias J. Gruber
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.
Teaching the 3 Cs: Creativity, Curiosity, and Courtesy: Activities That Build a Foundation for Success
Patricia A. Dischler
Research shows that children with positive social skills, a creative nature, and a love of learning are more likely to experience success in later school years. However, today's emphasis on early exposure to academic content means little attention is given to developing the affective skills that can make a critical difference in a child's future. Based on her extensive experience in early childhood education, Patricia A. Dischler bridges the gap and demonstrates how incorporating the three Cs--creativity, curiosity, and courtesy--into classroom instruction can support the development of academic skills.
The Aesthetics of Education: Theatre, Curiosity, and Politics in the Work of Jacques Ranciere and Paulo Freire.2012
This innovative book examines the aesthetic event of education. Extending beyond the pedagogy of art or art appreciation, Tyson E. Lewis takes a much broader view of aesthetics and argues that teaching and learning are themselves aesthetic performances.
The Beast in the Nursery: On Curiosity and Other Appetites.
In four interrelated essays, Adam Phillips arrives at startling new insights into issues that preoccupied Freud, showing in the process that far from having lost its relevance, psychoanalysis is still one of our most incisive tools for the exploration of the human psyche and its possibilities.
The Creative Imperative: School Librarians and Teachers Cultivating Curiosity Together: School Librarians and Teachers Cultivating Curiosity Together
Jami Biles Jones, Lori J. Flint
The first book of its kind in the school library field, The Creative Imperative: School Librarians and Teachers Cultivating Curiosity Together assists educators, school librarians, school counselors, and parents in learning about creativity and inquiry as well as how to foster these desired processes in school settings and beyond. The work begins by addressing the foundational aspects of creativity, and then discusses creativity within the educational setting, exploring how educators can be more creative themselves and coax creative performance from their students. The final part of the text focuses specifically on school libraries and the role of librarians in developing environments and opportunities for inquiry that nurture creativity.
Language Arts & Disciplines
The Curiosity Cycle: Preparing Your Children for the Ongoing Technological Explosion.
Through curiosity, children carve out concepts from the environment that they assemble into models to describe the world. Children then test those models to see how well they predict what they observe, and they use the results from those experiments to form new concepts and models---leading to the next round of the curiosity cycle. However, our children are more than passive observers.
The Curiosity Gene
They say curiosity killed the cat. But according to The Curiosity Gene, inquisitiveness actually plays the opposite role-responsible for not only human survival but also our evolutionary advancement to become the most intelligent creature on the planet.
The Curious Feminist: Searching for Women in a New Age of Empire
In this collection of lively essays, Cynthia Enloe makes better sense of globalization and international politics by taking a deep and personal look into the daily realities in a range of women's lives. She proposes a distinctively feminist curiosity that begins with taking women seriously, especially during this era of unprecedented American influence.
The Hungry Mind: The Origins of Curiosity in Childhood
Despite American education’s recent mania for standardized tests, testing misses what really matters about learning: the desire to learn in the first place. Curiosity is vital, but it remains a surprisingly understudied characteristic
The Legitimacy of the Modern Age (English ver.)
In this major work, Blumenberg takes issue with Karl Löwith's well-known thesis that the idea of progress is a secularized version of Christian eschatology, which promises a dramatic intervention that will consummate the history of the world from outside. Instead, Blumenberg argues, the idea of progress always implies a process at work within history, operating through an internal logic that ultimately expresses human choices and is legitimized by human self-assertion, by man's responsibility for his own fate.
The Origins of the Museum: The Cabinet of Curiosities in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Europe
Arthur MacGregor, Oliver Impey
The Origins of Museums is an extensive account of the first great collections in late sixteenth and seventeenth century Europe. The collections, then called 'cabinets of curiosities', were the beginnings of museums as we now know them.
The Penultimate Curiosity: How Science Swims in the Slipstream of Ultimate Questions
Andrew Briggs, Roger Wagner
When young children first begin to ask 'why?' they embark on a journey with no final destination. The need to make sense of the world as a whole is an ultimate curiosity that lies at the root of all human religions. It has, in many cultures, shaped and motivated a more down to earth scientific interest in the physical world, which could therefore be described as penultimate curiosity.
The Philosophy of Curiosity
In this book, Ilhan Inan questions the classical definition of curiosity as a desire to know. Working in an area where epistemology and philosophy of language overlap, Inan forges a link between our ability to become aware of our ignorance and our linguistic aptitude.
The Power of Curiosity: How to Have Real Conversations That Create Collaboration, Innovation and Understanding.
Kathy Taberner, Kirsten Siggins
The secret is curiosity. It is the innovation-driving, emotion-calming skill that comes so naturally to us as kids, but gets buried so easily beneath our busy, multitasking lifestyles. The good news is that we just have to relearn what we already know!
The Practice of Theoretical Curiosity
The desire for knowledge is an abiding facet of human experience and cultural development. This work documents curiosity as a sociohistorical force initiating research across the disciplines. Projects generated by theoretical curiosity are presented as historical and material practices emerging as expressions of embodied knowledge and experience.
The Psychology and Neuroscience of Curiosity
Celeste Kidd, Benjamin Y. Hayden
Curiosity is a basic element of our cognition, but its biological function, mechanisms, and neural underpinning remain poorly understood. It is nonetheless a motivator for learning, influential in decision-making, and crucial for healthy development. One factor limiting our understanding of it is the lack of a widely agreed upon delineation of what is and is not curiosity. Another factor is the dearth of standardized laboratory tasks that manipulate curiosity in the lab. Despite these barriers, recent years have seen a major growth of interest in both the neuroscience and psychology of curiosity. In this Perspective, we advocate for the importance of the field, provide a selective overview of its current state, and describe tasks that are used to study curiosity and information-seeking. We propose that, rather than worry about defining curiosity, it is more helpful to consider the motivations for information-seeking behavior and to study it in its ethological context.
The Return of Curiosity: What Museums are Good For in the Twenty-first Century
Over the last twenty years museums have proliferated, attracting new audiences and assuming new prominence in public life. The Return of Curiosity offers a fresh perspective on museums and what they may now be good for. Nicholas Thomas argues that what is special about museums are their collections, which are not just rich resources for reflection, but creative technologies that enable people to make new things in the present.
Arts & Photography
The Trial of Curiosity: Henry James, William James, and the Challenge of Modernity
In this important revisionist study, Posnock integrates literary and psychological criticism with social and cultural theory to make a major advance in our understanding of the life and thought of two great American figures, Henry and William James. Challenging canonical images of both brothers, Posnock is the first to place them in a rich web of cultural and intellectual affiliations comprised of a host of American and European theorists of modernity.
The Uses of Curiosity in Early Modern France and Germany
Why did people argue about curiosity in France, Germany, and elsewhere in Europe between the sixteenth and the eighteenth centuries, so much more than today? Why was curiosity a fashionable topic in early modern conduct manuals, university dissertations, scientific treatises, sermons, newspapers, novellas, plays, operas, ballets, poems, from Corneille to Diderot, from Johann Valentin Andreae to Gottlieb Spizel?
The Vice of Curiosity: An Essay on Intellectual Appetite
Paul J. Griffiths
Griffiths begins his analysis with the traditional distinction betweencuriositas , the ancient and medieval term used to identify a vicious intellectual appetite, and studiositas , which designates the most general form of intellectual virtue.
The Wick in the Candle of Learning Epistemic Curiosity Activates Reward Circuitry and Enhances Memory
Min Jeong Kang, Ming Hsu, Ian M Krajbich, George Loewenstein, Samuel M McClure, Joseph Tao-yi Wang, Colin F Camerer
Curiosity has been described as a desire for learning and knowledge, but its underlying mechanisms are not well understood. We scanned subjects with functional magnetic resonance imaging while they read trivia questions. The level of curiosity when reading questions was correlated with activity in caudate regions previously suggested to be involved in anticipated reward. This finding led to a behavioral study, which showed that subjects spent more scarce resources (either limited tokens or waiting time) to find out answers when they were more curious. The functional imaging also showed that curiosity increased activity in memory areas when subjects guessed incorrectly, which suggests that curiosity may enhance memory for surprising new information. This prediction about memory enhancement was confirmed in a behavioral study: Higher curiosity in an initial session was correlated with better recall of surprising answers 1 to 2 weeks later.