WHY we are curious? How Curiosity effects us?
‘I have no special talent, I am only passionately curious.’– Albert Einstein
After reading about the human mind and research about this curiosity. I am going through a Study conducted by Ranganath, a physiologist from the University of California. He says that the human brains retain information better when we want to know that means curious about that.
He asked 19 Volunteers to review over 100 trivia questions like “What does the term ‘dinosaur’ actually mean?” and “What Beatles single lasted longest on the charts, at 19 weeks?”. Next, the participants were asked to give the questions a sort of rating about the actual answer.
Lilekly or maybe interestingly why found that while monitoring or watching the activity of the brain using an MRI machine, the area of the brain that regulates pleasure and reward lit up when the participant’s curiosity was aroused. Even more cool was the increased activity in the hippocampus which is the area that is involved in the creation of memories.
This means the area of the brain that energies people to go out and seek rewards is the same when we are curious and when the cycle of curiosity activated is when our brain releases a chemical called dopamine which gives us a good satisfying feeling.
The Dopamine which releases at a time in our brain it gives us a natural kick and as we are human being we are not satisfied with a single kick so we were driven to earn more kicks, that’s why not only curiousness increases but also your mind to have an ice cream or have a bike ride is also increases.
The Different Types of Curiosity:
Curiosity is a complex thing. There are many different factors that keep us agog, and that makes us natural informavores. Here are the two main types of curiosity:
This is the type of curiosity we feel when we need to settle our minds. When we’re curious to find out whodunnit in murder mysteries, that’s perceptual curiosity. It has no reward other than to scratch an itch and get to the bottom of a problem or issue.
Epistemic curiosity comes from a place of desire, as opposed to a place of need. This is the type of curiosity that has driven and continues to drive, inventors, and scientists to do such brilliant work. It’s often associated with the anticipation of reward, which doesn’t necessarily mean financial gain.
Why Being Curious matters?
From the ancient times till now, most of the discoveries, inventions, from making the round wheel to self-driving cars, have something common in them, They are all result of the curiosity, The impulse to create new thing experience the new experience all starts with a spark of curiosity. when curiosity triggered in our mind, we think more deeply and want to find the why in it. [ see one why is created in another why ].
IN our life perspective When we are curious, we view tough situations creatively which gives us another kick to fight against that tough situation.
Result of Curiousness:
Makes people happier: Research has shown curiosity is associated with a higher level of positive emotions, lower level of anxiety, and more satisfaction with life, and greater psychological well-being. Of course, it may be, at least partially, that people who are already happier tend to be more curious, but since novelty makes us feel good (see above), it seems likely that it goes the other direction as well.
Curiosity improves healthcare. Research suggests that when doctors are genuinely curious about their patients’ perspectives, both doctors and patients report less anger and frustration and make better decisions, ultimately increasing the effectiveness of treatment.
Curiosity boosts achievement. Studies reveal that curiosity leads to more enjoyment in participation in school and higher academic achievement, as well as greater learning, engagement, and performance at work… It may seem like common sense, but when we are more curious about and interested in what we are doing, it’s easier to get involved, put the effort in, and do well.
So I think the why is now resolved around the curiosity. And hoping that if that our first why is why. Be curious readers and please stay tuned to the next “why”.
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