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Is there a "crappy article" template? Mbarbier 01:29, 19 August 2007 (UTC)

There is an empty references section. What is the deal? Mybadluck22 06:30, 29 May 2007 (UTC)

I removed several sections that are not encyclopedic, are assumptions, and lack sources. 02:15, 15 March 2007 (UTC)

The penguins are awfully cute, but what do they have to do with curiosity? Pha telegrapher 08:08, 6 February 2007 (UTC)

The last two paragraphs under the last two headings are confusing me, especially the first. I do not know if they are entirely neutral, and they seem a little graphic. I have not edited them at all, because I do not have the expertise do deal with it. Could someone help, or, if there is no problem, just say so here and remove the nuetrality tag. Thank you. 01:19, 26 January 2006 (UTC)

its al poo poo poo —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:32, 16 January 2009 (UTC)

"curiosity confers a survival advantage to certain species, and can be found in their genomes"

This claim is completely unsubstantiated! To my knowledge, no evidence exists linking *any* behaviour directly to genetics. Either this claim must be removed, or evidence must be cited linking curiosity to genetics - and I do not believe this evidence exists. (CB, 15th October 2006)
Most behavior has roots in genetics. Otherwise, it could not have evolved to begin with. Look into behavioral genetics. As for curiosity, it is related to the openness factor in the five factor model. That factor is about 50% heritable. Deleet (talk) 05:03, 29 October 2012 (UTC)
Although it is obvious (but I can't prove it yet) that much behavior is cultural, it is evident by the effects of many diseases & infections, as well as experience, on behavior of humans & animals, that physiological & neurological factors (presumably based on genetics) are also genetic & individually experiential.

But you are right, and perhaps research into the bizarre behavior of ants under the influence of certain fungal infections should be cited in support. Likewise, perhaps the correlation of schizophrenia and cat hoarding in human females.

More to the purpose of this 'talk' page, a common definition of 'curiosity' as a noun is missing: An odd, anomalous, weird, or curious object is referred to as a "curiosity" as in a curio shop. (talk) 02:48, 16 September 2014 (UTC)

Philosophy and Curiosity[edit]

I'm going to be doing some work on a new section on philosophy. I'm new to wikipedia, so please give feedback! --Lilraskalnikovs (talk) 20:13, 6 June 2016 (UTC)

Edits for Social Psych Course Assignment[edit]

This week's edits[edit]

This week I focused on adding and editing to the "Cause" section of this page. Each week I plan to edit each section a little further, contributing to the over all structure and informational content of the page. After contributing this week's edits I am contemplating the section layout of the page as well. The portion entitled "Causes" doesn't seem to speak to causes, instead just more the background and definitions of Curiosity. I may make this section a part of the lead and find a new way to introduce the causal section of this article.

Input is welcome. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mkburnett4 (talkcontribs) 20:07, 18 June 2015 (UTC)

Edits I will be making include:[edit]
  • I have begun to edit the lead section- reworking what is already there, adding new information, and new citations
  • I will also attempt to address some of the issues involving using to many primary citations and attempt to add secondary information and sources
  • Overall it is a great start to an article, it just needs work on form and structure, citations, current research and publications and general overall readability.

I will do my best to attempt to tackle these issues during this course assignment for Summer2015 semester

I will be using these references to aid the construction of this article:[edit]

Benedict, B. M. (2001). Curiosity: a cultural history of early modern inquiry. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Görlitz, D., & Wohlwill, J. F. (Eds.). (1987). Curiosity, imagination, and play: on the development of spontaneous cognitive and motivational processes. Hillsdale, N.J.: L. Erlbaum Associates.

Hans-Georg Voss, Heidi Keller. (2013). Curiosity and Exploration: Theories and Results. New York, N.Y.: Academic Press, Inc.

Inan, I. The Philosophy of Curiosity. (2012). New York, N.Y.: Routledge.

Keller, H., Schneider, K., & Henderson, B. (Eds.). (1994). Curiosity and Exploration. New York, NY: Springer-Verlag.

Litman, J.A. (2005). Curiosity and the pleasures of learning: Wanting and liking new information. Psychology Press, 19 (6), 793-814. Retrieved from: http://www.research

Phillips, R. (2013). Space for curiosity. Progress in Human Geography, 28 (4), 493-512.

--Mkburnett4 (talk) 18:09, 3 June 2015 (UTC)


I wonder where the word "curious" comes from because "fuck" in German means "quaint" by contrast the French word "curieux" means "curious", too.--Homei 17:51, 12 March 2007 (UTC)

It seems to come from Latin curiosus meaning careful[1]. However, the article on epistemic virtue says that their use of "curiosity bears the modern connotation of inquisitiveness, in contrast to the medieval connotation of attraction to unwholesome things." Do we believe that? DLeonard 14:02, 25 May 2007 (UTC)

Is there a "crappy article" template? Mbarbier 01:29, 19 August 2007 (UTC)

Picture Caption[edit]

For as long as I can remember the caption of the pic has been "A foolish feline forgets that curiosity killed the cat", but now it has been changed to "A curious kitten" by someone why claims to have "restored the original picture caption". I've been through the archive, viewed the last seven revisions or so, and tried some random samples from the rest of the archive, but I haven't found this caption in any of them. My first question is therefore, how is this the original caption?

Secondly, I plead that the previous caption be restored, because as far as I know it's the only example of an utterly harmless joke that hasn't been eliminated relentlessly by an overly serious editor in a grumpy mood. If there is any negativity to Wikipedia's reputation, it's that Wikipedians have no sense of humour. Fyrius 17:42, 20 September 2007 (UTC)

There's a difference between having no sense of humor and recognizing where humor is appropriate. While it may be funny to accuse a kitten of foolishness, and patently ridiculous to accuse an animal of forgetting something it never learned, it is not technically accurate (unless you can cite sources that this particular cat was foolish or forgetful of the adage in question) and not particularly appropriate as the caption to a picture illustrating a concept in an encyclopedia. I'm all for humor in its many splendors, so if you can find an accurate yet slyly humorous caption, be my guest, but in the meantime I'm putting it back to the original caption (here - from when it was changed from the previous picture).
On a separate note, "A curious kitten." removes the link to Curiosity killed the cat, which it may be appropriate to add a mention of somewhere in the article.
Ruyn 20:23, 1 October 2007 (UTC)

(sigh) Well, all right. If you really insist that we be so obnoxiously serious at all times, I won't revert you again. But if we're going to be so strict about verifiability, maybe we should throw the picture out entirely. We can't verify that the kitten in question was curious at the moment when the picture was taken, nor does it add all that much to the value of the article. Curiosity in itself is too abstract to illustrate with a photograph. Fyrius 20:30, 2 October 2007 (UTC)

Before going back to the original caption, I considered "A kitten displays its naturally inquisitive behavior by peering into a flower-pot. Cats are often associated with curiosity." as a new caption. What do you think? Ruyn 15:15, 12 October 2007 (UTC)

I think that might be a better caption, although it's a bit long. It would make the picture somewhat more relevant and verifiable. However, the second sentence contains what I believe is called a weasel word; it is against the policies to say some association is often made, or at least it is so without any references to convince the reader (or rather, any editors that may come across it) that this is true.

I would therefore refine it into "A kitten peers into a flower-pot. Cats are often proverbially associated with curiosity." It is after all more verifiable that this proverb exists than that people associate cats with curiosity. Fyrius 22:10, 12 October 2007 (UTC)

Insects? Really?[edit]

"Curiosity ... is easy to observe in many other animal species. These include ... insects". I rather suspect that the brainpower of insects is too limited to permit curiosity. Any cites on this one way or the other? -- 10:46, 19 October 2007 (UTC)

There is not any evidence one way or the other that insects have curiosity. Besh (talk) 16:09, 29 December 2011 (UTC)

article already exists[edit]

isnt curiosity the same thing as intrest ? If so one of the two articles should be deleated. If not both articles should be eddited so that they clearly show the difference between the two articles. For example they would say something like curiosity is not be confused with intrest becuase... —Preceding unsigned comment added by Theunhappymitten (talk

No, No it is not. (talk) contribs) 17:39, 17 November 2008 (UTC)

Article Expansion[edit]

"Curiosity" is definitely very different from "interest", and I agree with Theunhappymitten that this difference should be clearly pointed out. Terms like "curiosity" have various meanings in different cultures, even of the same language, and can therefore be difficult to define accurately. However, curiosity has been defined for scientific purposes and studied in some detail (especially in the 1950's and 60's by Daniel Berlyne, and also more recently using fMRI and molecular experiments in animals). For this reason, I am considering making some significant changes to the curiosity wikipage in order to include the scientific investigations that have occurred, since it is something I have studied and continue to study. There are also interesting references in mythology (ex. Pandora's box) and history (discovery of new continents, motion of the stars, Albert Einstein). The article would certainly benefit from a detailed expansion, so long as each section is backed-up with the appropriate references. My general plan is to describe the variety of meanings that are ascribed to curiosity in the first section, and then to break it down in more detail in later sections. Berlyne, for example, divided curiosity into two broad categories: Epistemic and Perceptual, each with their own sub-divisions. His experiments from 50 years ago have been reproduced by other scientists recently and the study of curiosity is now emerging as an exciting new branch of cognitive neuroscience. Besh (talk) 16:16, 29 December 2011 (UTC)

Curiosity as a catalyst to learning[edit]

Has any research been done to correlate the use of curiosity-driven teaching methods to the effectiveness of a student's learning? Linking to studies of this kind would take this article from being an interesting read to being a useful read. I'm curious about curiosity. Perhaps others are too. Hubby2debbie (talk) 18:40, 4 January 2012 (UTC)

Yes, in the 1950's Berlyne (referenced twice already on this page) demonstrated a link between curiosity and efficiency of learning. A molecular link between curiosity and learning was discovered in 2009, and is also referenced. I agree, showing the link here on wikipedia is a fantastic idea and I am happy to help increase the depth of this article. Besh (talk) 21:34, 8 January 2012 (UTC)

"Models" of curiosity[edit]

The recent expansion of this page is welcome, and I am eager to help improve further. For starters, it is not clear from where the so called "models" of curiosity originate - the only reference is a review article from 2005 published in a medium-ranking psychology journal. Where can we find the original proposal for the "Curiosity-drive model" or the "Optimal arousal model"? Citation to the primary sources would be appropriate if this section is to remain a part of the wiki article.

Also, given that these models are heavy on theory and sparse on evidence, the heading of this section (currently "Brain") is perhaps misleading. The field of psychology does not restrict itself to (or ever necessarily consider) what is known about the biology of the brain. Would a title something like "Psychological Theories" then be more appropriate?

Moreover, the "Integration of reward pathway" is vague and similarly unsupported by primary citations. For example, the statement "This is the neurobiology that motivates exploratory behavior" is much too definitive, given bodies of evidence that indicate other processes are also key, as even the very next sentence suggests (opioids).

I make these statements before modifying the article to give the recent editors(s) a chance to discuss how to best go forward. Besh Jan 9, 2013 — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:53, 9 January 2013 (UTC)


You have done great work with this article so far. I would suggest maybe explaining further how one can observe curiosity. You mentioned it is easily observable under the causes section, but more detail explaining how one is able to observe it might make it clearer. Nice work so far! Jlederz (talk) 01:06, 2 July 2015 (UTC)

Hey Jenny,

Thanks! I agree. Didn't think about it until you mentioned it, but I totally agree. How do you observe curiosity? What benefit is observable quality of curiosity? I am definitely going to make this a section. Thanks for teh recommendation!

-MK --Mkburnett4 (talk) 22:30, 7 July 2015 (UTC)

Copy-Edit suggestions[edit]

Hey MK! The article is coming along nicely. As I was reading, two specific things came to mind... First, under the Causes section, you mention infancy and adulthood. With the average layperson in mind, perhaps defining these and/or giving an example may help clarify. Also, under the Brain section there are many, many subsections. I'm not sure what your plans are with this section, but upon first glance, that section is overwhelming. I'm not entirely familiar with the topic so maybe all of those sections are necessary. But I would suggest, if at all possible, to either expand on the most important areas of the brain and get rid of the others, or organize them in a more user-friendly way. Excited to see the end product! LaurStuart (talk) 19:42, 2 July 2015 (UTC)

Hey Lauren,

I think that is one of the hardest things for me in this project; reminding myself that this is not a scholarly paper instead needs to be written for the masses. I will pay attention to language choices and make some edits. And the brain section- I want to keep some of it but I agree it is overwhelming even for the clinical eye. That section is on my "to-do" list for sure.

Thanks for the input! MK --Mkburnett4 (talk) 22:33, 7 July 2015 (UTC)