Curiosity improves learning

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FMRI results revealed that activity in the midbrain and the nucleus accumbens was enhanced during states of high curiosity. Individual variability in curiosity-driven memory benefits for incidental material was supported by anticipatory activity in the midbrain and hippocampus and by functional connectivity between these regions. These findings suggest a link between the mechanisms supporting extrinsic reward motivation and intrinsic curiosity and highlight the importance of stimulating curiosity in order to create more effective learning experiences

Title: States of curiosity modulate hippocampus-dependent learning via the dopaminergic circuit

Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4252494/