Breaking down (and moving beyond) novelty as a trigger of curiosity

Emily G. Liquin, Tania Lombrozo

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The Novelty Seeking Model (NSM) places novelty at center stage in characterizing the mechanisms behind curiosity. We argue that the NSM's conception of novelty is too broad, obscuring distinct constructs. More critically, the NSM underemphasizes triggers of curiosity that better unify these constructs and that have received stronger empirical support: those that signal the potential for useful learning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere106
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
StatePublished - May 21 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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