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13 September 2016

Why are we humans so curious?

Why are we humans so curious, even in circumstances when we know that the outcome of our inquisitiveness may be unpleasant? It appears that we just can’t help ourselves. In experiments in which volunteers are presented with choices between uncertain and definite outcomes, disproportionate numbers of people are more likely to pick the former instead of the latter. Researchers have dubbed this the ‘Pandora effect’ and suggest that it shows that we have an inborn desire to resolve uncertainty even if we know that doing so may be detrimental.

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