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Study: Curiosity Enhances Learning by Improving Memory

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Ever wonder how curiosity enhances learning? A study published in Neuron found that curiosity not only increases motivation to learn, it also improves memory. Researchers at U.C. Davis discovered that when people are in a state of high curiosity, brain activity increases and their ability to memorize information improved. Not only that, but their ability to recall incidental information (information that they weren't curious about) also improved.

What tips do you have to encourage curiosity in your students?

Research Cited: Gruber, M. J., Gelman, B. D., & Ranganath, C. (2014). States of Curiosity Modulate Hippocampus-Dependent Learning via the Dopaminergic Circuit. Neuron, 84(2), 486-496.

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