Choice Boosts Curiosity

Patricia Romero Verdugo, Lieke L. F. van Lieshout, Floris P. de Lange & Roshan Cools
In our connected era, we spend significant time and effort satisfying our curiosity. Often, we choose which information we seek, but sometimes the selection is made for us. We hypothesized that humans exhibit enhanced curiosity in the context of choice. We designed a task in which healthy participants saw two lotteries on each trial. On some trials, participants chose which lottery to play. On other trials, the lottery was selected for them. Participants then indicated...
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