As everyone knows it's easier to learn about a topic you're curious about.Now, a new study reveals what's going on in the brain during that process, revealing that such curiosity may give a person a memory boost.
When participants in the study were feeling curious, they were better at remembering information even about unrelated topics, and brain scans showed activity in areas linked to reward and memory.
The results, detailed Oct. 2 in the journal Neuron, hint at ways to improve learning and memory in both healthy people and those with neurological disorders, the researchers said.
Not surprisingly, the study researchers found that people remembered more information about the trivia when they were curious about the trivia answers.But unexpectedly, when the participants were curious, they were also better at remembering the faces, an entirely unrelated task.
Participants who were curious were also more likely than others to remember both the trivia information and unrelated faces a day later, the researchers found.
The brain scans showed that, compared with when their curiosity wasn't piqued, when people were curious, they showed more activation of brain circuits in the nucleus accumbens, an area involved in reward. These same circuits, mediated by the neurochemical messenger dopamine, are involved in forms of external motivation, such as food, sex or drug addiction.
Finally, being curious while learning seemed to produce a spike of activity in the hippocampus, an area involved in forming new memories, and strengthened the link between memory and reward brain circuits.
According to my view being curious is very important because of that we can discover, invent, improve and know about everything .
Be curious, not judgemental.