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This is your brain on curiosity

Finding answers to questions that pique our curiosity—whether those questions are related to the local concerns of a single classroom or school- or community-wide challenges—can be extremely satisfying. In this TED Talk, neuroscientist Matthias Gruber of Cardiff University describes how curiosity works on a cognitive level to improve learning by activating the brain’s reward system and increasing our ability to remember information.


   14 minutes

   By: Matthias Gruber, TEDx

   K-12 educators | Lifelong learners

Making connections:

Principled Innovation asks us to work with others and recognize the limits of our own knowledge so that we can better understand and tackle the complex issues our communities face.

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