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.


Live healthier

Don't even bother »

SEE: When you cough, this is what happens to your body LISTEN: Can you spot the smoker’s cough?

7 cough remedies that definitely don’t work

A chronic cough can be the bane of your life. Here are seven cough remedies you shouldn't waste your time with.

Be in the know! »

How to manage sensitive teeth 5 ways runners mess up their teeth

Oral health basics: what you need to know

Dr Simon Reeves talks us through the importance of oral health basics. Here’s how to care for your teeth properly.