PSYCHOLOGY

Motives underlying human curiosity

We know that curiosity is a strong driver of behaviour, but we know relatively little about its underlying motives. A new study shows that human curiosity may be driven by diverse motives. While some individuals are primarily motivated to form accurate beliefs, others rather seek information that makes them feel good.

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Correspondence to Lieke L. F. van Lieshout.

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