Everyone has had those moments where they’ve forgotten something like where their car keys are or what the capital of Idaho is. Memory seems to be a tricky thing and with age can dwindle in some cases. Now scientists have discovered a natural way that anyone can use to make something easier to learn and remember.
The Journal Neuron is where the research paper is published and it stats that natural curiosity is the key.
Lead author of the paper, Dr. Matthias Gruber from the University of California at Davis noted that their findings have a potential to have “far reaching implications” for humanity as this form of intrinsic motivation aka curiosity can affect memory. The data suggests how to improve learning.
The process in the experiment had the participants had to answer trivia questions. A 14 second delay at the beginning of the answer being presented was established. While this 14 second interval was initiated the participants were given a picture of a neutral, unrelated face. Using a magnetic resonance imaging device the researchers were given a surprise memory recognition test of the faces that were previously presented, followed by a memory test for the trivia question answers. The results led to what the researchers say are three major conclusions.
When curiosity is raised, there is elevation in the activity in the area of brain circuitry associated with reward.
People are over curious to find out the answers to questions and better at learning that information.
Curiosity initiated learning and there was hippocampus activity at an amplified level.