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Hunger for knowledge is much the same as hunger for food

04 December 2018

Curiosity is a welcome trait in many respects and is the fuel that powers science.

Yet literature is filled with fables that warn of the seductive danger of curiosity. In real life too, we all know the regret that can follow if we give in to curiosity.

From whence does curiosity derive such power over us? One answer lies in the brain. In a pair of brain-imaging studies Johnny King Lau and his colleagues have shown that curiosity appears to be driven by the same neurobiological process as physical hunger.

Read more about their work on our Research Digest blog.

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