The tip-of-the-tongue state and curiosity

  title={The tip-of-the-tongue state and curiosity},
  author={Janet Metcalfe and Bennett L. Schwartz and Paul A Bloom},
  booktitle={Cognitive research: principles and implications},
Theories of study time allocation and of curiosity suggest that people are most engaged with and want to devote their time to materials that are not completely mastered but also are not so difficult that they might be impossible. Their curiosity is thought to be triggered by items that are almost known, or are in what is sometimes called the region of proximal learning. Answers that are on the tip-of-the-tongue (TOT)-not immediately recallable but nevertheless evoking a feeling of imminent… CONTINUE READING
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