Is curiosity…science?

Curiosity is a complex thing, it drives innovation, progress, and learning. However, there are many different factors that make us feel curious and cause us to naturally devour information, some that help us calm down, and others that annoy us and set us up for excitement.

According to well-known psychologist Laura-Maria Cojocaru, president and founder of the Somato-Integrative Linguistic Neuro-Programming Institute (INLPSI), there are two main types of curiosity: perceptual and cognitive curiosity.

“On the other hand, perceptual curiosity is the kind of curiosity we feel when we need to calm our minds. When we are curious to know who did or said what, how a certain thing is done, how the movie ends, who is the author of a crime in a novel, etc. That, it does not offer any tangible reward, but it is related to solving problems and eliminating knowledge gaps.It is closely related to anxiety and stress.On the other hand, cognitive curiosity comes from a place of desire as opposed to a place of need.This is a kind of curiosity that has pushed and continues to drive Inventors and scientists have to do a wonderful job. It is often associated with the expectation of reward, which is not necessarily financial gain. The search for powerful sensations is also a kind of cognitive curiosity,” explains psychologist Laura Maria Kojokaru.

The science behind curiosity

“What happens in our brains when we are curious? Why do our inquisitive minds have an intolerable need to learn new things? Curiosity is a natural human instinct that starts from the day we are born. By around age three, most children have entered the stage of asking questions like, “Why is the sky blue?” Or The classic “How are children made?” Curiosity is a key component of our cognitive functioning, even if it sometimes leads to awkward conversations! Why do we feel curious? How does curiosity work in the brain? If there’s one thing that piques our curiosity the most, it’s a complex subject shrouded in mystery. .. at present! “

At the same time, the psychologist believes that one way to begin exploring curiosity is to understand “information seeking.” This behavior can be observed throughout the animal kingdom. “Information seeking” means that each animal seeks information about its environment. This is so that they know how to survive (essentially or kind). In fact, this is why sense organs exist – to provide the brain with information that helps us know ourselves, understand our environment, and make better choices.

“But when does seeking information qualify as curiosity? The difference in motivation. If we are seeking knowledge because of an external motive, such as college or work, then it is not considered curiosity. But if we are seeking knowledge because we are ‘internally motivated’ – because we only want to know the answer – This is curiosity. When something sparks our curiosity – an interesting fact or an unexpected noise – our brain goes into what is called a “curiosity state”. Certain parts of the brain that are sensitive to unpleasant conditions. This shows that we feel somewhat uncomfortable because we realize that we are missing some knowledge. The parts of the brain responsible for learning and memory then switch into velocity mode so that we can learn and remember what we’ve learned more effectively. At this point, we’re ready to start looking for answers. And when we start learning when we learn new facts in our curiosity state, something more interesting happens than our improved memory: our reward circuit starts,” says psychologist Laura Maria Kojokaru.

How do we cultivate our curiosity?

There are some simple activities that help us spark our curiosity and thus increase our creativity:

  • Ask questions: Randomly ask yourself “Why? How? When you are reading something or talking to friends. You can even write down some of these questions to give yourself time to find the answers later.
  • Read outside your industry: Choose a type of book you would never buy. Is it classic poetry? Is it fictional? cooking book? Something about geology? Read it just to read it.
  • Be curious about people: Pick someone in your circle you haven’t seen in a while and invite them over for coffee. Your goal is to learn as much as possible about his interests. Follow this approach every time you meet someone new.
  • Practice speaking less: This is related to the former. Try to talk less and listen more.
  • Delve into a topic: Select a topic that you find interesting and push the boundaries of your curiosity. This means reading lots of articles, books, research papers, and listening to podcasts.
  • Write: Take it to the next level by writing something exactly about it – curiosity.
  • Keep a diary: It will be easier for you to remember topics you are curious about and want to research or write about later.
  • Familiarize yourself with: Curiosity doesn’t have to be just external. Explore your feelings, ask yourself about your goals and behaviors, or even research your past and family history.
  • Slow down: Productivity can be the enemy of creativity. Take time to let your mind wander and let new questions and ideas come to mind.

“In today’s world, feeling curious can enrich our lives and knowledge. Pursuing our passion is beneficial in the short and long term. Whether we are exploring our curiosity through social events or by studying biology, philosophy, psychology, ecology, etc. ., It is essential to remember that different approaches will work for different people. It is important not only to discover new information, but also what each of us does with the discovered information,” concludes psychologist Laura Maria Kojokaru, president and founder of the Somato-Integrative Linguistic Neuro-Programming Institute (INLPSI).

Laura Maria Kojokaru, President and Founder of the Somato-Integrative Linguistic Neuro-Programming Institute (INLPSI) and President and Founder of the “Generatia Iubire” Association, is a psychotherapist and NLP trainer. He studied the nature of the human mind after 9 professional trainings with different approaches – integrative psychotherapy, clinical hypnosis, ericsonian relaxation and psychotherapy, couple and family psychotherapy, clinical psychology, NLP, Bach flower therapies, social panorama consultant, international yoga instructor, coach CNFPA Certified. For over 13 years he has been guiding people in both individual and group sessions and organizing trainings and courses in Romania, with the aim of making people access and use their inner resources to their fullest potential.

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