Curiosity Feeds Your Brain

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Curiosity does not kill the cat. Curiosity does just the opposite, and same goes for humans. The more someone knows about the world, the more likely they’re able to survive.  So do yourself a favor. Ask questions, get answers and stay curious. Keep your brain active and you will be happier, healthier and stand a better chance of living a long and productive life.

All of which might make you wonder: Why are some people more curious than others? Does the answer have anything to do with aging, stress, diet, use of drugs (prescribed or otherwise)? Do genetics matter?

The answer is “yes” to all of these questions, they all have something to do with the release of a chemical compound in the brain called “dopamine,” which transmits nerve impulses and plays a role in the formation of adrenaline. Adrenaline subsequently raises blood pressure, speeds up heartbeat and warns you something big is about to happen.

The reaction traditionally is known as the “fight or flight” response — which at first thought doesn’t seem very healthy. But adrenaline is vitality. It lights up your brain, so to speak. It sparks curiosity, keeps you engaged, and helps you gather and retain information that is especially important for living a good life. When curiosity is piqued, the parts of your brain that regulate pleasure and reward respond positively.

All of which is worth remembering.

Lisa Burbage

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