Why does curiosity matter?
Curiosity is about having an open and active mind. It’s about exploration. Not surprisingly, one of NASA’s Mars rovers is named for this strength. Curiosity puts the brain in a state that makes learning easier, more enjoyable, and longer-lasting.
What does curiosity look like?
- asking questions to deepen understanding
- eagerly anticipating a new book, movie, or episode in a series you love
- googling to learn more about things that interest you
- watching videos to learn a new skill
- discussing a topic for no other reason than that it’s interesting
Videos about curiosity
Resources about curiosity
Research articles about curiosity
Why teach thinking?—An essay Applied Psychology: An International Review, 42(3), 191–237. Baron, J. (1993). Making connections: Replicating and extending the utility value intervention in the classroom Journal of Educational Psychology, 109(3), 387-404. Hulleman, C. S., Kosovich, J. J., Barron, K. E., & Daniel, D. B. (2017). States of Curiosity Modulate Hippocampus-Dependent Learning via the Dopaminergic Circuit Neuron, 84(2), 486–496. Gruber, M. J., Gelman, B. D., & Ranganath, C. (2014).