Curiosity didn't kill the cat
Curiosity didn't kill the cat
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its reason for existing” -Albert Einstein
We’re no strangers to the phrase “curiosity killed the cat.” It’s used across the board to keep away inquisitive toddlers or to ward off curious individuals yearning beyond the box. Yet, many of us, including those who use it, are not aware of the entire statement. Although it may be used to debunk curious individuals, the rest of the statement encourages curiosity! It goes, “curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction bought it back.”
Curiosity is the key element that makes you learn effectively and efficiently. In every class, at every level of learning, even beyond schools into organizations, curiosity is that one trait with which you can’t go wrong.
A mind that is not curious is right for nothing. Without curiosity, Isaac Newton would have never framed the existing laws of Physics, which gave birth to the tremendous growth of science and technology. Imagine if Newton had eaten that apple instead of questioning why it fell.
“I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.” -Eleanor Roosevelt
Your brain fancies curiosity
Researchers from the University of California performed a series of experiments to find out how the mind reacts when it is aroused with curiosity. Participants were asked to rate how curious they felt while encountering questions such as, “What does the word dinosaur mean?” In some instances, MRI’s were conducted to monitor the functions going on inside the brain when it is being aroused with curiosity.
The studies concluded two points:
Curiosity formulates the brain to learn
It is not shocking to know that we are inclined to learn information and remember it for a more extended period if we find it fascinating. At times curiosity leads us to learn irrelevant details that we did not consider necessary at one point. One of the authors of the study, Dr. Matthias, says that the results of the study suggest that curiosity is just like a vortex; it absorbs what interests us and everything else around it. The information that is learned while being curious has a higher rate of being retained for a more extended period.
If a student is uninterested in the subject of history, making them curious through their topics of interest could help them retain critical information.
Curiosity makes the experience of learning more satisfying
According to the study, curiosity not only sparked arousal in the hippocampus section of the brain, which deals with all the functionalities of creating memories but also the region, which was related to pleasure and reward. This is the region that makes us feel good when we watch a thrilling movie or listen to a fantastic song. Curiosity releases dopamine, which makes us a person feel happy.
Curiosity rover on mars
Even the famous rover who was released on planet Mars by NASA has been named curiosity because it is there to discover the geography, surroundings, climate, and atmosphere of the named planet.
Curiosity is a necessary human trait that makes us human beings distinct from the other species around the world, and something which should be encouraged at all platforms.
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