Curiosity and the pleasures of learning: Wanting and liking new information

  title={Curiosity and the pleasures of learning: Wanting and liking new information},
  author={Jordan Litman},
  journal={Cognition and Emotion},
  pages={793 - 814}
This paper proposes a new theoretical model of curiosity that incorporates the neuroscience of “wanting” and “liking”, which are two systems hypothesised to underlie motivation and affective experience for a broad class of appetites. In developing the new model, the paper discusses empirical and theoretical limitations inherent to drive and optimal arousal theories of curiosity, and evaluates these models in relation to Litman and Jimerson's (2004) recently developed interest-deprivation (I/D… Expand
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