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The science of curiosity
Mario Livio, author of Why? What Makes Us Curious, explores curiosity.

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Perceptual curiosity

Perceptual curiosity

The curiosity we feel when something surprises us or when something doesn’t quite agree with what we know or think we know.

That is felt as an unpleasant state, as an adve...

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Epistemic curiosity

This is a pleasurable state associated with an anticipation of reward.

That’s our level of knowledge. That’s what drives all scientific research. It drives...

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The genetic component of curiosity

Most psychological traits, and curiosity is no exception, have a genetic component to them.

The fact that some people are much more curious than others largely has to do wi...

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Curiosity and aging

Love of knowledge and our willingness to learn new things appears to be constant across all ages.

People at very old ages are still willing to learn things, to discover ne...

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