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On Curiosity: A Fundamental Aspect of Personality, a Practice of Network Growth

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.

By: Perry Zurn, Danielle S. Bassett

To read more, please visit: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/personality-neuroscience/article/on-curiosity-a-fundamental-aspect-of-personality-a-practice-of-network-growth/CFA46ADDF0000FA1CB3321EF7A7EA97A#fndtn-information

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